The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, DC was established as one of Poland's first foreign missions after Poland regained independence in 1918.
The Embassy's four-story building was designed by renowned architect George Oakley Totten for Mary Foote Henderson, who invested a substantial portion of her husband Senator John Henderson’s fortune to make this portion of 16th Street the most magnificent avenue in the U.S. capital.
Completed in 1910, the building is an exquisite example of early 20th-century Beaux Art design.
The government of Poland purchased the building shortly after the U.S. and Poland established diplomatic relations on April 16, 1919. The Polish Legation officially opened in 1920.
Much of the English Renaissance style interior looks as it did a century ago: The white limestone structure features double-hung windows interspersed among balconies and porches in a harmonious blend of 17th and 18th century French and English styles. Works by Polish painters, including Jacek Malczewski and Wojciech Falat are displayed throughout the Embassy’s salons, and a Steinway grand piano used by Polish statesman and pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski, adorns the Blue Salon.
A lovely asset to Washington, DC’s architectural wealth, the Embassy houses unique Polish cultural treasures along with rich historical traditions.
The Embassy organizes a wide variety of cultural events, panel discussions, conferences and hosts numerous official delegations visiting Washington, DC from Poland.
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