Embassy Row is an area in Washington, D.C., where over 170 foreign embassies are located. While other cities also boast a collection of embassies, D.C.’s is world renown. Washington’s Embassy Row runs along Massachusetts Avenue from Dupont Circle toward the National Cathedral.

Interesting Facts:

  • Massachusetts Avenue was once a fancy residential neighborhood full of mansions. After the Great Depression, many occupants left, and the area became the home for the embassies.
  • After WWII, other nations wanted to represent their significance by having a majestic residence in the U.S., who had established itself as a superpower.
  • An embassy “residence” is the ambassador’s official home.
  • The “chancery” is where diplomats’ offices are located.
  • The Indonesian Embassy is housed in the historic Walsh-McLean House. Built in 1903 at the cost of $835,000, this home held the distinction of being the most expensive private house built to-date.

Links:

Embassy Row Virtual Gallery

Article written by Sarah Wyland

Sarah Wyland
Sarah never gets in trouble for being on Facebook and Instagram at work, because its her job. As social media manager, she gets to tell the stories of travelers, teachers, and interesting places. Other titles she enjoys include dog mom to Knox, barre instructor, Crossfit athlete, avid reader, and world traveler.