Embassy of Italy

The Embassy of Italy, built in 1924-1925 on land the Italian government purchased from Mrs. Henderson, is among the most notable of the mansions she commissioned for the street.

Mary Foote Henderson, interested in developing embassies along Sixteenth Street, succeeded in attracting a few foreign governments to the area. The embassy is a distinguished example of Beaux-Arts design in the Italian Renaissance style, illustrating the effective adaptation of the style for use both as an imposing residence and a statement of national identity.

It is one of only two known buildings in Washington designed by Warren and Wetmore, the prominent New York firm, perhaps best known as the architects of Grand Central Station. The property also includes a chancery addition from the 1930s.

The Embassy is no longer located at this location.

DC designation: February 23, 2006

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2700 16th Street, NW; 1601 and 1651 Fuller Street, NW; 2601 Mozart Place, NW