Town Danceboutique, dubbed as “DC’s largest gay nightclub,” opened on November 17th, 2007, was the largest gay dance club in Washington, D.C. A high energy dance club that also included cabaret performances, often showcasing local drag performers as well as prominent queens from “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” The nightclub closed on July 1st, 2018 after hosting a two-night closing party.
The club owners just announced they found a new home. Clubs come and go, and prominent ones sometimes make a comeback. Like the popular Vancouver nightclub Odyssey on Davie street. After they closed, they took a long hiatus but eventually reopened on the opposite side of downtown Vancouver — far removed from the Village. But what’s interesting about Town Danceboutique’s development is that its new site is unique, to say the least. It’s a 127 year-old church.
After two full years of searching for a potential new space for a nightclub for the LGBTQ community, we are excited to confirm that we have found a space that has remarkable potential. It is a former church located at the corner of North Capitol and K. Streets which is truly spectacular, and while it is no small undertaking, we look forward to creating a brand new, dynamic nightlife experience for DC.
We intend to take the vast amount of knowledge that we have acquired in the last 30 years of owning and operating nightlife venues in DC to create something that we are hoping to be the crowning achievement of our careers.
We took our time to get to this point, looking for the right opportunity and passing on many other options, and while we understand that the city has been yearning for a substantial nightlife option, we are now going to take all the right steps, forge all the right relationships, and tackle the engineering challenges …and hopefully, soon, we will be able to bring something new and exciting back to Washinton’s nightlife.
The church located at 1001 North Capitol Street, North East, Washington, DC, was once the property of The Saint Phillips Baptist Church. It was established in 1892. The congregation sold the DC landmark building late last year. Below is an excerpt of the church’s closing announcement with some interesting history.
The St. Phillips Baptist Church worshipped at 1001 North Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC, for many years. However, after much prayer and planning, we sold the church building and moved to a temporary location…
It was not an easy task to leave the old structure located in the heart of Washington at North Capitol and K Streets, Northeast, for it contained so much history in regard to its modest origin in a section of Northwest Washington formerly known as St. Phillips Hill. However, as our theme says, “Looking Back While Moving Forward”, time marches on.
In the year 1892, a few Christian-hearted members realized the apparent need for establishing a church; and so its earliest founders began house-to-house prayer meetings. As the membership increased, the meeting place changed from homes to an old community school, where plans were formulated for a church building.
In 1941, St. Phillips was forced to vacate a newly renovated building on St. Phillips Hill because of the urban renewal movement. This area is presently known as Spring Valley in Northwest, Washington, D.C., and the church purchased the property at 1718 Florida Avenue, Northwest, Washington, D.C. for a new site.
In 1948 St. Phillips congregation moved to its next home at 1001North Capitol Street, N.E, Washington, DC. The membership grew from approximately 100 in 1945 to over 1,000 members. The framework of St. Phillips’ success was based upon sound doctrinal teachings, prayers, tithes, and offerings.
In the early 1970’s the church body worshiped at Douglas Memorial United Methodist Church. During this time, a general renovation project began to restore St. Phillips at North Capitol and K Streets, NE.
On June 5, 1974, St. Phillips was recommended and accepted as a historical landmark by the Preservation Society of the District of Columbia, because of its architectural structure.
Rev. Dr. Andre’ H. Owens was called to be our pastor in July 1977, at a special church meeting. He was officially installed as pastor on February 5, 1978, and on April 9, 1978, the congregation returned to North Capitol and K Streets having completed Phase I of the renovation project. Phase II of the church’s renovation began May 3, 1979, and on October 25, 1981, the relaying of the original church cornerstone was celebrated.— St. Phillips Baptist Church
The church’s architecture is grand. It’s going to be amazing to see its transformation from a place of religious worship into a place of inclusivity and entertainment for the LGBT community in DC. The church is located at 1001 North Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC.
Best of luck to Town Danceboutique!
Source: WhatsUpAtTown, St. Baptist Church