Japanese Embassy

2520 Massachusetts Ave., NW., Washington, District of Columbia


Historic American Buildings Survey J. Alexander, Photographer, 1971 MAIN FACADE THROUGH ENTRANCE GATES

Photo taken for the Historic American Buildings Survey


Street View 


This building, in the Georgian manner, was designed as an embassy. It exemplifies the last stage of Beaux-Arts influence in Washington and is one of the few full-scale, formal estates in the city. The estate includes the house and its dependencies (with a tea house, two chancery buildings, and recreational facilities). Located in Square 2500, Los 851, 852, and 852 (formerly Lots 8-16 and 35-43); and Lots 871, 873, and 874, the landscaping complements Rock Creek Park. -- Historic American Buildings Survey

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 20, 1973
Reference number
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Colonial Revival; Other architectural type; Neo-Georgian
Areas of significance
Politics/Government; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Diplomatic building
Current function
Diplomatic building
Periods of significance
1950-1974; 1925-1949
Significant years
1932; 1952; 1960
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 3
Non-contributing buildings: 1

Update Log 

  • April 27, 2017: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • May 12, 2012: Imported photos from HABS/HAER

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