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Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania
Mrs. Henderson's Favorite Embassy
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The Spanish Baroque style mansion is all that remains of what was once a duplex, or double, embassy building designed by George Oakley Totten for Mary Foote Henderson's exclusive embassy enclave here. The mansion was constructed in 1907-08. The left-hand portion was demolished and replaced in 1965 by a nine-story apartment house. Fortunately the original two pieces were constructed to be independent, so the removal of the left side did not imperil the right.
The building surfaces are carved limestone. As he did in the dozen other buildings he designed as embassies for Henderson, architect Totten looked to Europe for design ideas. The tower, carvings, and upper stories supported by arcades take after the Palacio de Monterrey, built in the 1500s in Salamanca, Spain. Totten and Henderson were responsible for 12 grand mansions designed for foreign legations on or near Meridian Hill. The Embassy of Lithuania is one of nine that remain.
In 1908 the Danish ambassador rented the building from Henderson, shortly after the Swedish embassy took up residence next door. The ambassador stayed until 1912. Until Lithuanian Envoy Kazys Bizaukas purchased the house from Henderson in 1924, a series of foreign and domestic diplomats rented the elegant
Upon Henderson's death in 1931, her heirs discovered that after receiving $5,000, Henderson had refused any further payments from the Lithuanian government. The delegation occupied the residence for free until her heirs completed the delayed sales transaction.
In 2004 the embassy doubled the building's size with a rear addition for offices and conference space.
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Location. 38° 55.428′ N, 77° 2.196′ W. Marker is in Washington, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 16th Street Northwest, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2620 16th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20009, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lithuania's March to Freedom (here, next to this marker); Life on the Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Hilltop for Heroes and Horse Thieves (about 300 feet away); Polish-U.S. Diplomatic Relations (about 300 feet Embassy of the Republic of Poland (about 300 feet away); Campus to Army Camps and Back Again (about 400 feet away); Mansions, Parks, and People (about 600 feet away); Visionary and Park Champion (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Washington.
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