Architecture in Washington DC

Heard yesterday at the Embassy of Finland during the Finnish national holiday festivities:

The embassies have the only interesting architecture in Washington

An interesting comment that I’ll need to think about. Personally, I find the monuments on the Mall quite strikingly beautiful in the right light (for example early morning), although I’m not sure if I would call them interesting.

However, without question, the Finnish Embassy is one of the most interesting and beautiful buildings in Washington–just opposite the Vice President’s mansion on Massachusetts Avenue. According to the Ambassador, it’s also green–although I’m not sure if she was referring to its sustainability or the patina of its copper exterior. Perhaps both.