The Inter-American Defense Board headquarters, located at 2600 Sixteenth Street NW, is a monumental Venetian late Gothic Revival residence constructed in 1905 as part of socialite and developer Mary Foote Henderson’s (1841-1931) plan to create a grand entrance into the nation’s capital along Sixteenth Street to the White House. Constructed to the plans of noted local architect George Oakley Totten Jr. (1866-1939), it stands as one of DC’s most interesting and elegant residential structures.
When Delia Field (Mrs. Marshall Field) became owner of the house between 1912 and 1914, she made numerous and expensive alterations, all within a period of seven years. At some point, the mansion was painted pink, earning the moniker “Pink Palace.” However, according to the Inter-American Defense Board who has owned the building since 1945, beige was the original paint color and later painted pink, and at one point, blue. Today, the “Pink Palace” is a beige color again.
DC Inventory: November 8, 1964
National Register: August 5, 1991