Embassy Row

sights / Architecture

Embassy Row information

Washington, DC , USA
Address
Street Massachusetts Ave btwn Observatory & Dupont Circles NW
Getting there
Metro Dupont Circle
More information
www.embassy.org
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Lonely Planet review

How quickly can you leave the country? It takes about five minutes; just stroll north along Mass Ave from Dupont Circle (the traffic circle the neighborhood is named for) and you pass roughly 50 embassies housed in mansions that range from the elegant to the imposing to the out there, plus the foreign soil they technically rest on. FYI, the ‘electronic embassy’ (www.embassy.org) is a good resource on all things diplomatic in town. Many consider the 4-acre British Embassy the queen of the row. Look for a fantastic 1928 redbrick mansion with a statue of Winston Churchill out the front, with one foot placed on British soil, the other outside the embassy property line, planted in the USA (it’s a symbol of his Anglo-American descent and solidarity between the two allies). The building mixes up several architectural styles that reflect an idealized image of a bygone America, from colonial facades to a garden that could have been a set piece in Gone With the Wind .