Judging Buildings – Inter American Defense Board

Inter American Defense Board building looking good at 2600 NW 16th St, NW. It is amazing what a paint job can do. And of course the architecture is pretty bad ass in and of itself.

For the curious – from Wikipedia:

“The Inter-American Defense Board is an international committee of nationally appointed defense officials who develop collaborative approaches on common defense and security issues facing countries in North, Central, and South America. The IADB provides technical advice and services to the Organization of American States (OAS).”

4 Comment

  • School of the Americas? Nice! (joking)

    The paint job looks good but they have done some horrible things to that building over the years. The back of the building looks like it was designed in Yemen.

  • binpetworth

    So glad you featured this one! I walked by it yesterday and had the same reaction to the new paint job – I think it highlights the architectural details of the windows nicely.

  • It’s actually kind of a shame – the IADB has butchered that building. That house was designed by George Oakly Totten (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Oakley_Totten,_Jr.) and was one of many mansion he designed along 16th Street for Mary Foote Henderson.

    This one is called the Pink Palace because it was, well, pink, design to look like a Ventian palace of pink stone. Now it is yellow. It’s supposed to be a contributing structure in the 16th ST Historic District which means they should only be able to restore it to what it orginially looked like. But I think the IABD gets a pass on local laws because they are a quasi-diplomatic organization.

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