Chancery Building & Official Residence
2234 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC
The Embassy of Ireland in Washington has been located at 2234 Massachusetts Avenue at Sheridan Circle since its purchase by the Irish State in 1949.
The original architect of the house at 2234 Massachusetts Avenue was William Penn Cresson. The Republican Governor of Louisiana William P. Kellogg (1873-1877) was one of the first owners of the property. Kellogg was also elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1882 and served one term from 1883 to 1885, after which he continued to live in Washington.
The semi-detached limestone building has two major facades (Massachusetts Avenue and Sheridan Circle). The interior circulation and rooms which are designed about a central stair hall, as well as the combination of reflective surfaces and natural light, produce an illusion of greater space.
Today, the building includes formal reception rooms which have been maintained in their original style as well as offices for Embassy staff.
There is an annual open day for members of the public at the Embassy in early May.
Sheridan Circle features a statue of Civil War General Philip Sheridan. The statue was dedicated in 1909 in the presence of President Theodore Roosevelt. The houses surrounding the circle were originally built in the first decade of the twentieth century.
Two blocks to the north of the Circle is a bronze sculpture of the Irish patriot Robert Emmett by Jerome Connor (1876-1943). This statue was dedicated in June 1917 in the presence of President Woodrow Wilson and rededicated in 2016 as part of the programme commemorating the centenary of the 1916 Rising.
2244 S Street NW, Washington DC
The Residence of the Ambassador of Ireland, situated at 2244 S Street NW, was historically named the Frederic Delano House following its construction in 1924.
The building was designed by noted Washington architect Waddy B. Wood and built for Frederic Delano, member of the Federal Reserve Board and uncle of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
The Irish Government purchased the house in 1965.
There have been sixteen previous Irish Heads of Mission to the United States. The first Head of Mission at Ambassador rank was John Joseph Hearne, who was posted to the United States in 1950.
2007 - 2013: His Excellency Michael Collins
2002 - 2007: His Excellency Noel Fahey
1997 - 2002: His Excellency Sean O Huiginn
1991 - 1997: His Excellency Dermot Gallagher
1985 - 1991: His Excellency Padraic N. MacKernan
1984 - 1985: His Excellency Tadhg O'Sullivan
1978 - 1984: His Excellency Sean Donlon
1973 - 1978: His Excellency John G. Molloy
1970 - 1973: His Excellency William Warnock
1964 - 1969: His Excellency William P. Fay
1960 - 1964: His Excellency Thomas J. Kiernan
1950 - 1960: His Excellency John Joseph Hearne
1947 - 1950: Sean Nunan
1938 - 1947: Robert Brennan
1929 - 1938: Michael MacWhite
1924 - 1929: Timothy Smiddy