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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TO FINLAND WITH ME, 1950

Embajada de Mexico: 1920

Embajada de Mexico: 1920

Washington circa 1920. "Mexican Embassy on Eye Street (moved)." A substantial looking edifice with a bit of a mold problem. View full size. National Photo Co.

 
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1413 Eye

Alas, like so many other fine buildings in this part of town, this pile was razed shortly after the photo was taken. The Mexican embassy was located here at 1413 I street for about 40 years. It was sold in 1922 to the Title Insurance Company, which initially stated they would remodel the building. Soon after, though, Title Insurance announced they would entirely replace the structure.

Thanks for clarifying the mold issue, Dave. I too was studying the masonry trying to find it.


Washington Post, Jun 25, 1922
Work is now actively going forward on the construction of the new Title Insurance building, to be erected at 1413 I street northwest. This property was formerly the home of the Mexican embassy, and the old embassy building has been torn down to make way for the new structure.

Mold

Indeed, I see the discoloration of the masonry surfaces. Was that really mold growing? If so, did that circumstance have anything to do with the embassy's relocation?

[The mold is on the emulsion. Not the building. - Dave]

Gorgeous

Love the chimney!

 
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