Embassy Row Facts
- Embassy Row was once the home of Al Gore. The Fairfax is what the building is now known as, although it was not a hotel at the time of Al Gore's residence.
- Original owner of the Hope Diamond Evalyn Walsh McLean, lived on Embassy Row. She would keep the infamous diamond at her home during the day, but had it transported to a safe deposit box each night.
- The Marble Fountain at DuPont Circle is a tribute to the art of ocean navigation. The three nude figures featured in the design represent the sea, the stars and the wind.
- Embassy Row is the home of the Woodrow Wilson House. It is the only presidential museum in Washington, D.C.
- Considered Washington's premier residential address in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Massachusetts Avenue became known for its numerous mansions and gained the nickname "Millionaires' Row".
- The Great Depression caused many to sell their homes on the high socialite stretch. The expansive old estates proved well-suited for use as embassies, and also as lodges of social clubs, giving Embassy Row its present name and identity.
Getting ThereIt's an easy stroll from The Georgetown Inn @ West End (formerly Best Western Georgetown Hotel & Suites) to Embassy Row, located only a few miles away.
- Head northeast on New Hampshire Ave NW toward M St NW: 0.3 miles
- Take the 2nd left onto Massachusetts Avenue Northwest: .03 miles
- Slight left onto 20th St NW: .01 miles
- At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on Massachusetts Avenue Northwest: .08 miles
- Walk to NW Pennsylvania Av & NW 22ND St: .02 miles
- NW Wisconsin Av & NW R St stop-Walk to Embassy Row, Washington, DC: .08 miles
- 32 Bus towards Friendship Heights (6 stops)