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ABOUT THE EMBASSY
The Embassy of the Republic of Poland, located at 2640 16th Street NW in Washington D.C., was established in 1919 as one of Poland's first foreign missions after the country regained independence in 1918.
The Embassy staff is divided into the Political, Economic, Cultural, Science and Technology, Press, Trade and Investment and Administrative Departments. The Embassy organizes a wide variety of cultural events, panel discussions, conferences and hosts numerous official delegations visiting Washington from Poland.
Currently the offices of the Economic and Financial Counselors and those of the Defense Attaché and Consular Division are at separate locations in Washington, DC. Other Polish representatives in the United States, supervised by the Embassy, include Consulates General in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and several Honorary Consuls. There is also a Polish Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York.
The Embassy's four-story building was designed by renowned architect George Oakley Totten for Senator John B. Henderson (Missouri's Senator, 1862-69). Completed in 1910, the building was purchased by Poland's first envoy to the United States, Kazimierz Lubomirski, in 1920. Very few changes have been made to the house's architecture throughout the years.
The exterior is a careful and judicious blend of styles from the 17th- and even early 18th-century France and England. The interior was highly influenced by the English Renaissance. Except for the dining room, which hints of the Jacobean Age, the other public chambers of the Embassy are of the 17th and early 18th centuries.
Works by outstanding Polish painters, including Jacek Malczewski, Wojciech Falat and Jan Styka are on display throughout the Embassy. Additionally, one Embassy wall has a famous mural depicting an allegory of Polish history by Jan Rosen. A great Steinway piano is standing in the main reception room. Poland's outstanding musician and statesman Ignacy Jan Paderewski, who was a frequent guest to the Embassy, played on this instrument.
An asset to the architectural wealth of the city of Washington, the Embassy houses unique Polish cultural treasures with rich historical traditions.SEE MORE