• The Federal Ministry of the Republic of Austria is revisiting its complicated history.

  • Born in a River

    There are few tools of cultural diplomacy quite like tango, and few places to learn it quite like the Embassy of Uruguay.

    As Diplomacy Changes, So Must Its Architecture

    Along a prime stretch of Nebraska Avenue in American University Heights on a 4.5-acre plot sits the Spanish colonial that, since 1950, has been the Swedish ambassador's residence. This year, it'll be put up for sale.

    A Former Residence Turns Inside Out During Lockdown

    When guests couldn't come inside during lockdowns, the Spain Culture team turned the building, and its grounds, into exhibits themselves.

    A Spy's Defection Prompts an Embassy's Move

    A bold act of espionage determined the Czech embassy should be moved off Embassy Row and "into the forest."

    An Island in the City

    The Embassy of Tunisia is in a building that was once a science experiment.

    The Invisible Line Through Washington

    Built by returning diplomats in a neighborhood envisioned as an international enclave, Meridian International Center sits on one of Washington's most historic lines.

    This is What Brings On Revolutions

    The history of the Embassy of Indonesia, and the ghost who resides there, includes a Great Dane named Mike, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, and an absolute doozy of a diamond.

    You Can't Sell Sentiment in Washington

    In the study of the Monégasque Ambassador's residence, a newspaper publisher turned senator wrote steamy love letters to his mistresses, and drafted his inaugural address when he was sworn in as president in 1921.

    Building a World Without War

    Mementos of the convention that birthed the United Nations are etched into the fabric of San Francisco, and in one of its most beautiful buildings.

    A Presidential Act of Defiance

    The Algerian Ambassador's residence briefly served as an interim White House, and helped end segregation in one of D.C.'s poshest neighborhoods.

    A Home On The Nation's Avenue

    Canada's continually-evolving embassy is the only diplomatic property on America's inaugural parade route.

    The Man Outside the Vatican Embassy

    For nearly a quarter of a century, John Wojnowski has kept vigil outside the Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See, waiting for justice.

    War Comes to Washington

    The Embassy of Ukraine, housed in one of Washington's most historic buildings, serves as a gathering place for supporters of peace.

    The Invisible Dance

    Built in 1906 to resemble the Château de Balleroy in Normandy, the Colombian Ambassador's residence has been whimsically described as "varied."

    The Capitol Alternative

    The Swiss Ambassador's residence sits on a site George Washington once thought might house the US Capitol.

    The Second House

    The only embassy with an Observatory Circle address, the Embassy of New Zealand's history is closely entertwined with that of its British neighbor.

    A Monument to the Modern

    The bold home at 1746 Massachusetts has, by turns, been both a monument to the modern and a shrine to the antiquated, a home to a newly-emerging country, and to an ancient civilization.

    The Passionate Soul

    High on Massachusetts Avenue across from the U.S. Naval Observatory, the Embassy of Finland harbors a secret.

    Washington's Wonder House

    Nearly a century before the building at 2306 Massachusetts Avenue became the Embassy of Latvia, it served as the place where culture and art exploded in Washington.

    A Most Contentious Plot

    Once the Embassy of Benin, a now empty plot of land has a contentious history.