Venue Rental Is About More Than Non-dues Revenue for One Association
By allowing others to rent space, organizations are able to bring in revenue
When most people see the original American Pharmacists Association building in Washington, DC, they just assume it's another government building. Although it's not that, it is the only privately held site on the National Mall, which leaves APhA with spectacular views of some of city’s most famed landmarks.
"As you can imagine, being situated right on the National Mall, our views pretty much cover the expanse," said Todd McDonald, CMP, APhA's director of meeting services and special events. "You can see everything from the Capitol to the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial. Into Virginia, you can see the Pentagon, the Airforce Memorial and bits of Arlington National Cemetery."
APhA’s office space comprises two buildings—the original Pope Building built in 1934 and a state-of-the-art headquarters building completed in 2009. The original building was designed by John Russell Pope, who was also the architect behind the National Archives, the National Gallery of Art and the Jefferson Memorial. Because Pope’s style fits with the rest of DC, most people don’t take much notice of APhA’s building.
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