Embassy Row, Washington DC

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Embassy Row is the informal name for the section of Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. between Scott Circle and the North side of the United States Naval Observatory, in which embassies, diplomatic missions, and other diplomatic representations are concentrated. By extension, the name may be used to encompass nearby streets which also host diplomatic buildings.HistoryConsidered Washington's premier residential address in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Massachusetts Avenue became known for its numerous mansions housing the city's social and political elites. The segment between Scott Circle and Sheridan Circle gained the nickname "Millionaires' Row".The Great Depression caused many to sell their homes. The expansive old estates proved well-suited for use as embassies, and also as lodges of social clubs, giving Embassy Row its present name and identity. The relocation to Embassy Row of diplomatic representations, many of which had been established in Meridian Hill in previous decades, was further catalyzed by the construction of the British Embassy, commissioned in 1925 and completed in 1930, and the Japanese Embassy, built in 1931. The greatest number of embassies and chanceries moved to Embassy Row and the neighboring Kalorama neighborhood in the 1940s and early 1950s.
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  • Despite the bitter cold we really enjoyed walking along Embassy row taking photos and seeing the many embassies and their flags. If you’re in this section of DC it’s worth a half an hour or more here.  more »
  • I am staying here for three nights. The hotel is nice as is the staff. However, I could not get two wine glasses for the room. I asked at the desk for two wine glasses and the person at the desk very ...  more »
  • This cute bib at the end is a street with the embassies. If you like architecture is more interesting. If not bad memory is the Massachusetts Street. It has a good-sized Park. Very well planned city in Washington that he thought the diplomatic importance and have mostly on a grouped and quiet area of the city.
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