The Washington Convention Center Authority said Monday it is changing the name of the city's convention center to honor D.C.'s first elected mayor, Walter E. Washington.
The 2.3 million-square-foot center at 801 Mount Vernon Place NW is currently known as the Washington Convention Center. Constructed in 2003 for $850 million, it is the largest publicly financed project built in the city.
The building will officially become the Walter E. Washington Convention Center at a dedication ceremony Nov. 5, the authority said. The D.C. Council approved the legislation for the name change last year.