Lots of people are moving to Washington D.C. and other Eastern cities such as Arlington, VA and Baltimore, VA. Moving companies in Baltimore, Arlington, and Washington D.C. are the first to welcome these new residents home. Many times, we’re the first to be asked – or give – recommendations for things to do in these new cities, and we’re constantly recommending new residents to start by getting to know their neighborhood and visiting some of the famous “tourist” destinations to get a feel for their new city.
But sometimes, we find something a bit off the beaten path and like to share those recommendations, too! As a moving company in Washington D.C., we’ve been inside and outside all kinds of homes, from Colonial to Art Deco to Mid-Century Modern and Industrial. But there’s one street in Washington D.C. that we love to drive our big pink truck down: Massachusetts Avenue, also known as Embassy Row.
Once the elite residential address of late 19th century Capitol residents, Massachusetts Avenue fell from grace following the Great Depression but rose again in the unlikely favor of other nations. Along this street and its cross-streets are over 75 countries’ embassies, each in an old colonial home that has been rebuilt to represent the best of each country.
A few Embassies to be sure to visit:
- Ireland: at 2234 Massachusetts Avenue, in a colonial designed by William Penn Cresson. The original owner was William P. Kellogg, a U.S. Representative. A statue of Robert Emmet is nearby.
- India: at 2107 Massachusetts Avenue, in two adjacent 18th Century, French architecture style buildings. A statue of Mahatma Gandi stands in front. The two buildings are the oldest buildings owned by the India Government worldwide.
- Uzbekistan: at 1746 Massachusetts Avenue, this embassy’s home is also known as the Clarence Moore House and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, having been built in 1909.
- Estonia: at 2131 Massachusetts Avenue, this embassy is housed in one of the more impressive addresses inside a neoclassical mansion. It was originally built for a wealthy doctor and later housed the Landon School.
- Chile: one of the few red brick buildings on the street, a three-flat at 732 Massachusetts Avenue.
What’s your favorite embassy in Washington D.C.? Tell us in the comments!