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Property Name Embassy of Mexico/MacVeagh House
Reference Number 13000001
State District of Columbia
County DC
Town DC
Street Address 2829 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 02/11/2013
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The Embassy of Mexico/MacVeagh at 2829 Sixteenth Street is an architecturally distinguished Beaux Arts mansion designed by architect Nathan Wyeth and constructed in 1910-1911. The house was commissioned by Mrs. Emily Eames MacVeagh for her husband Franklin MacVeagh, then Secretary of the Treasury under President Taft. It was one of the earliest houses to be erected along the newly cut stretch of Sixteenth Street in the fledgling Meridian Hill area, just north of the original city boundary at Florida Avenue. Emily MacVeagh purchased part of the land upon which she built her house from visionary developer Mary Foote Henderson. In her effort to transform Sixteenth Street into a grand and ceremonial gateway to the Nation's Capital, Henderson was actively engaged in the development of the area. She envisioned Meridian Hill as an elite residential and diplomatic community along the avenue and at the same time that she was building large mansions, she was encouraging others to do the same. Construction of the MacVeagh house was a major boost to this vision for Meridian Hill and its development in the early 20th century


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