Monday, October 29, 2007

Name Change for Convention Center

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.

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