Not far from the National Cathedral, The Swiss Embassy (1959) by William Lescaze and Ambassador’s Residence (2006) by Steven Holl and Russli Architekten are bold, even invigorating period pieces in the modern architecture movement. Lescaze did another outstanding building on Connecticut Ave., but a surface facelift has destroyed it. I find Holl’s body of work as often overdone by pseudo-intellectualism and some of that is present in the Ambassador’s house, but it rises above those quirks to be handsome building with some finely executed details.
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