Adams Morgan in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Embassy of the Republic of Poland
A Beaux-Arts Beauty
—Adams Morgan Heritage Trail —
Completed in 1910, the white limestone structure features double-hung windows interspersed among balconies and porches in a fine blend of 17th and 18-century French and English styles.
The Hendersons built a two-story addition housing the Great Ballroom in 1912. Soon after the United States and Poland established diplomatic relations on April 16, 1919, the government of Poland purchased the building. The Polish Legation officially opened in 1920.
Since then, little has changed structurally except for modifications to the southwestern corner porches. In the 1960s a fence was added, and the open-air balconies were sealed.
Much of the English Renaissance style interior looks as it did a century ago, evoking an Old World ambiance. The second-floor conference and reception
A life-sized bronze statue of world-renowned pianist and statesman Ignacy Jan Paderewski stands to the building's left.
This historic marker was erected in 2011 to commemorate the centennial of the embassy building and the 90th anniversary of the establishment of Polish-U.S. diplomatic relations.
Marker produced by the Embassy of Poland in cooperation with District Department of Transportation and Cultural Tourism DC © 2011
Erected 2011 by The Embassy of Poland, the District Department of Transportation & Cultural Tourism DC.
Location. 38° 55.478′ N, 77° 2.197′ W. Marker is in Adams Morgan, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 16th Street Northwest and Fuller Street, on the right when traveling south on 16th Street Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is in front of the Embassy of Poland. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2640 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. Polish-U.S. Diplomatic Relations (here, next to this marker); Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lithuania's March to Freedom (about 300 feet away); Ambassadors of Faith (about 400 feet away); Social Justice (about 400 feet away); Life on the Park (about 600 feet away); A Hilltop for Heroes and Horse Thieves (about 600 feet away); The Latino Community (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Adams Morgan.
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