Learn More About Fathom Gallery’s Unique History

The History

Take a look down memory lane with us to learn more about the Fathom Gallery origin story and expansion over the years:

Early-mid 1900's
The Original Building

Before it all started, the original 1333 14th Street building (now Fathom Gallery 14th Street) was an automobile brakes shop on Automobile Row. Over in Georgetown, 1351 Wisconsin Ave (now Fathom Gallery Georgetown) was operating as a movie theatre. This was long before the spaces turned into venues, but it’s fun to think back to their original functions!

A Complete Renovation

Bill Fischer and Drew Mitchell purchased the 14th Street building and did a complete renovation, drastically transforming the space while still maintaining the historic charm and authentic character of the building. Debuting with a fresher, more modern look under the Fathom Gallery name, the space was used to host business meetings for Fathom Creative (our affiliated design team), and occasional art exhibits to promote local artists in the community. After receiving glowing feedback and growing interest in renting the space, Drew and Bill saw Fathom’s full potential, and boom, the rest is history. Fathom Gallery 14th Street opened its doors for events of all shapes and sizes.

The Gallery at Elevate

After years of event experience under their belts, the Fathom team took on a new venture in the form of a pop-up space called the Gallery at Elevate. Affiliated with a grants organization, the venue specialized in corporate receptions, business meetings, and retreats.

The Angelina Jolie Interview

Angelina Jolie graced Fathom Gallery 14th Street with her presence for a NBC interview filming. You might be asking if this belongs on our timeline (and you have a valid point), but we thought this was a pretty damn cool and we wanted to commemorate the special occasion.

Fathom Gallery Georgetown

With consistently booked event seasons at Fathom Gallery 14th Street, the Fathom team made the decision to expand in 2022 and officially opened Fathom Gallery Georgetown on Wisconsin Ave. After months of planning and renovations, the venue officially opened in April of 2022 and immediately hosted some amazing events with exciting clients (the UAE Embassy, Google, and the crowned prince of Iran to name a few!).

The Swann House

Opportunity struck when the Swann House, a historic mansion in Dupont Circle, reopened after a beautifully done renovation and needed a team to run the events side of things. Emily and Meg immediately fell in love with the space and officially started managing the Swann House on September 1, 2023 under the Fathom Gallery umbrella.

That’s all for now, but we’re sure there will be more to add in the future! Thanks for coming along for the ride!


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