Embassy Building No. 10

One of many mansions created by George O. Totten, Jr. and commissioned by Mary Foote Henderson, Embassy Building No. 10 now houses the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Embassy Building No. 10 was designed by architect George Oakley Totten, Jr. in 1928 and built between 1929 and 1930. The building was designed to incorporate both public and private domestic activities. Used since 1940 as the headquarters for the District of Columbia Department of Recreation, the building is one of many associated with Mary Foote Henderson, who commissioned Totten to construct many such embassies in order to establish Sixteenth Street as a fashionable and politically important area.

The building reflects the tail end of the development activity along Sixteenth Street that created a luxurious ambiance in the vicinity of Meridian Hill Park and Mt. Pleasant at the turn of the century. Embassy Building No. 10 is highly typical of Totten's work, which has been characterized by a willingness to employ numerous styles and rich ornamentation. The facade of the building serves as a catalogue of features associated with the late Victorian Chateauesque style.

DC Inventory: October 15, 1986
National Register: November 6, 1986

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3149 16th Street, NW