Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Embassies of Washington, Part 11 (International Drive, Van Ness)
Washington's Embassy Row stretches along two miles of Massachusetts Avenue, full of historic buildings as well as more modern showpieces. International Drive and International Court, a bit more remote in the Van Ness area, is the Embassy Row of the post-9/11 universe. 17 embassies occupy these streets, along with a State Department building. I visited the Austrian and Slovak embassies at the north end of the stretch on EU open house day last May. The other 15 countries are Asian, Middle Eastern and African powers and wealthy kingdoms, and their fortresses are fairly well-guarded, much like the more recently constructed embassies of the United States abroad. China's new home in DC, designed by I.M. Pei and one of the largest embassies in the city, is the showpiece of the bunch. I'm doing a special Middle East edition next, so those six will have wait, while I posted my picture of Slovakia's embassy back in Part 3. Here are the remaining 10 embassies from today's trip: Austria, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, the People's Republic of China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malaysia, Nigeria, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and Singapore.