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Embassy of Greece

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1906, George Oakley Totten, Jr. 2221 Massachusetts Ave. NW
  • (Theodor Horydczak Collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)

Buff or light gray bricks were an inexpensive alternative to limestone when a light-colored building in the Italian Renaissance Revival style was desired, although rarely used on a structure on the scale of the Greek Embassy. The proportions of the entire building, including the small-scale decorative details executed in limestone in conjunction with the broken surface treatment occasioned by the bricks, resulted in a rather uninspired building, albeit on a prominent site.

Writing Credits

Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee


What's Nearby


Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee, "Embassy of Greece", [Washington, District of Columbia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of the District of Columbia, Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 343-343.

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