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World travelers in need of aid or Americans and tourists hoping to visit or view a bustling street full of international activity may choose to visit Embassy Row in Washington, D.C. Many large cities with international traffic, including New York in the United States, are also home to areas commonly dubbed "Embassy Row," though each city's location is completely unique in its international offerings.
In Washington, D.C., Embassy Row is located on Massachusetts Avenue N.W. The area is now home to the embassies of dozens of countries around the world, and has been for a great many years. Embassy Row is known today as the location of some of the most sought-after residential addresses due to the neighboring embassies along the drive, with a section of lavish homes located on "Millionaire's Row" between Scott Circle and Sheridan Drive.
Population of the political part of Embassy Row began with the establishment of the British Embassy prior to the 1920s. The building, which was located next to the U.S. Naval Observatory, was created by renowned British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens in the image of one of England's country homes with Queen Anne architecture. Ornate homes began popping up near the English embassy until after the 1920s, when financial hardships caused by America's Great Depression caused homeowners to sell their dwellings in droves.
From that point on the road became known more for its population of embassies rather than its residences as various countries saw the opportunity to establish impressive, large structures meant to represent their nation's personal pride and importance on the world stage. These embassies were created to be lavish and portray each country's overall importance on the world stage. Some countries chose to build their own structures while many others simply purchased already existing homes for their use.
Through the years embassies have come and gone, but today Embassy Row is home to more than 60 different structures representing countries from around the world. While visitors can take walking tours of the area and stay at nearby hotels, the structures themselves are reserved primarily for business. They serve as safe havens for residents of the individual countries when necessary but are mostly used as "home bases" for government representatives from the various countries with diplomatic ties to the United States.