Juxtaposition of DC: Escalator down to the metro and up to historic buildings in Dupont Circle. #presinpink

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      • Daniel says:

        Sorry! Yes, let me explain =)

        What I mean to say is that the lovely Châteauesque building with red masonry and limestone quoins close to the center of your photo is the Thomas T. Gaff house (later the Embassy of Colombia, and currently the residence of the Colombian Ambassador), located at 1520 20th Street NW, Washington D.C. and it was designed by a (predominantly) locally-significant architect named Jules Henri de Sibour. He also designed the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s former headquarters building at 1785 Massachusetts Avenue, which was how I came to be familiar with his work. During his career and for many years afterward, it was believed that he trained at the École de Beaux Arts in Paris, which it turns out is most likely not the case. Not that it necessarily matters (he was still a good designer), but I think it’s interesting! For more info, I have an old grad school paper about him that’s pretty short that I’ve uploaded here, with some photos and plans of other buildings of his in D.C.

        tl;dr: It’s a beautiful building in a beautiful place, built by an architect that I happened to have done some research on.

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