New embassy opens in Washington

The new Embassy of Latvia in Washington, D.C., is now open for business in an Embassy Row home built in 1902 that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Embassy staff began moving into the property at 2306 Massachusetts Ave. on Dec. 1, an embassy spokesperson said. The Latvian government spent four years obtaining local approvals and completing renovation work on the property.

The building, known as the Studio House, was built for artist and art advocate Alice Pike Barney. She used the home for weekend salons that often featured celebrities of the day, as well as for performances of music and theater, according to a 1994 article by Amy Ballard in Smithsonian Preservation Quarterly. At one time the property was owned by the Smithsonian Institution.

The property was added to the National Register in 1995.

The embassy’s new address is 2306 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Washington DC 20008. The telephone number is +1 (202) 328-2840 and the fax number is +1 (202) 328-2860. The embassy’s e-mail address remains

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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