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Minister Vladimir S. Hurban

Nazi’s Demand to Take Over Embassy of Czechoslovakia (1939)

We came across a fascinating article from March 17th, 1939, printed in The New York Times. This was a few days after Nazi Germany invaded and occupied Czechoslovakia. After the occupation, Germany issued an order from Berlin...
Indonesian embassy (Walsh-McLean Mansion)

If Walls Could Talk: Embassy of Indonesia

This is our first “If Walls Could Talk” guest post. Marty wrote a great bit on one of the incredible mansions on Mass Ave. The stately mansion at 2020 Massachusetts Ave NW surely must be one...
Embassy of Kenya at 2249 R St. NW (Wikipedia)

If Walls Could Talk: Embassy of Kenya

Our last embassy version of “If Walls Could Talk” was quite popular, so here’s another one from the same part of town, Sheridan Circle. California’s new senator buys Washington residence In December 1915, California’s freshman senator,...
Flag of Ireland

If Walls Could Talk: Embassy of Ireland

St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, but that is only the climax of the love affair between our country and The Emerald Isle. Everyone has, or claims to have, some link back to Ireland. My...

Where Can You Have an Embassy in Washington, D.C.?

You can't build an embassy anywhere in D.C. Check out this map from 1987 showing where it's okay to have your diplomatic mission in Washington, D.C.
Old Spanish Embassy at 1521 New Hampshire Ave. NW

Spanish Embassy on Dupont Circle in 1911

This photo of the old Spanish Embassy is from 1911, showing the building at 1521 New  Hampshire Ave. NW, just north of Dupont Circle. Click on it for better details. Source: Library of Congress Check it...
Cuban Embassy

Help Identify These Cuban Embassy Photos

We need some help pinpointing the dates of these photos. They were labeled 1905 to 1945. My guess is sometime in the 1930s? Source: Library of Congress
President Coolidge calls on President Machado of Cuba upon arrival in Washington. President Coolidge with President Gerardo Machado of Cuba [...]ides photographed at the Cuban embassy in Washington Chief Executive of the United States paid a return [...]a's President. President Machado had previously President Coolidge at the White House shortly after [...]l in the National Capital

President Visits Cuban President at Embassy

Here’s a cool old photo of President Calvin Coolidge visiting President Gerardo Machado at the Cuban Embassy on April 22nd, 1927. Source: Library of Congress
Embassy of Cuba in 1937

Beautiful 1930s Photo of Cuban Embassy

What a great old shot of the Cuban Embassy at 2630 16th St. NW. Source: Library of Congress
British Embassy

Beautiful Photo of the Old British Embassy

Here’s a terrific old photo from 1917 of the British Embassy, which was located at 1300 Connecticut Ave. NW, just above N St. and across the street from the Starbucks today (everything is across from a...
McLean Gardens

Proposed Demolition of McLean Gardens; Replaced by Embassy Complex

How about this interesting old article from The Washington Post, printed on August 6th, 1975. Initially, there was a plan to demolish the entire 700+ unit complex and replace it with a large park and compound for...
Nazi flag at half mast, in honor of the HIndenburg

Nazi Flag Flies Over German Embassy in 1937

Wow, this is an amazing (and horrifying) photo that we found on Pinterest. The flag is at half-mast half-staff on top of the German Embassy here in D.C., in honor of the Hindenburg, which went down on...
View northwest past the equestrian statue (by Henry Kirke Brown) of General Winfield Scott. Includes the Queen Anne-style Windom House on the northwest corner of Massachusetts Avenue and 16th Street NW, and the Hutchins House next door to the west. (Current site of the Australian Embassy). William H. Seaman Photograph Collection, HSW (1888)

Windom House in 1888: Current Site of Australian Embassy

This is an amazing old photo from 1888. It shows the Windom House at the intersection of 16th St. and Mass Ave. This is where the Australian Embassy sits today. Source: Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
Cuban embassy

Great Photo of the Cuban Embassy

Here is a terrific old photograph of the Cuban Embassy on 16th St. Source: Library of Congress
old Italian embassy at 16th and Fuller

Old Italian Embassy in Better Days

The building is such an amazing one and it’s truly sad that it still sits there empty. Hopefully someone will do something with it soon, as the shell of the building is just a sad reminder...
French Embassy

New French Embassy on 16th Street

Americans have a love-hate relationship with France. They helped us kick the British out of the Colonies. We helped them kick the Nazis out of France. We find them to have superior culture, yet we also...
Japanese embassy posing for photo with naval officers at Washington's navy yard (Library of Congress)

Arrival of First Japanese Embassy at the Navy Yard (1860)

In January 1860, the Tokugawa shogunate sent a delegation to the United States with the primary objective of ratifying the Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation (aka, the Harris Treaty). Commodore Matthew Perry (not Chandler) had opened Japan (forcefully)...
Ted's Bulletin front (source: tedsbulletin.com)

If Walls Could Talk: Ted’s Bulletin

It has been over two months since our last “If Walls Could Talk” post (Shaw’s Tavern), so it’s high time we crank out another one. We’re going to head down to Barrack’s Row on Capitol Hill...
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