Emily J. Wilkins House

Once a high-society family home, Emily J. Wilkins House is now home to the Peruvian embassy.

Built in the Italian Renaissance Revival style for Emily J. Wilkins (widow of Beriah Wilkins, U.S. Congressman and Washington Post publisher), this lavish Beaux Arts mansion served as a family home and elegant space for high-society parties and events. Designed by Jules Henri de Sibour, the city's most successful Beaux Arts architect, the home has a 16th century Italian facade, Corinthian eaves, exposed brick, and arched doorways. The elaborate interior ornamentation, a composite of 17th century English styles such as Jacobean and Tudor, is best exemplified by its fine oak staircase pierced by carved panels and the plaster-work of its drawing room.

In 1910, the house was deeded to the Wilkin's son, John F. Wilkins, a socially prominent banker and businessman. The home transitioned from family residence into diplomatic service as the Australian Embassy occupied the house from 1947-1969.

In 1973, the Peruvian Chancery took over occupancy of the building and remains in residence today. 

DC Inventory: February 22, 1972 (Joint Committee on Landmarks)



1700 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington DC 20036