NW Quadrant, East of Rock Creek, Adams Morgan , Architecturally Significant, Diplomats, Historians, Also of Interest

Jean Jules Jusserand
(February 18, 1855 – July 18, 1932)

2460 16th St. NW, Adams Morgan neighborhood, DC. Formerly the French Embassy, now the Council for Professional Recognition.

A French diplomat who served in England, Tunisia, and Denmark, Jusserand served longest as US Minister to France, living in DC from 1902 to 1925. In that role, he advised four US Presidents, becoming particularly close with Theodore Roosevelt, and worked on the adoption of the Treaty of Versailles that ended WWI.

Jusserand was also a scholar and author who specialized in English literature, writing nonfiction books on Shakespeare, English travelersof the Middle Ages, and a Literary History of the English People. His With Americans of Past and Present Days (1916) earned the first Pulitzer Prize for History, and his memoir, What Me Befell, was published in 1933.

A granite bench in Rock Creek Park, located on Beach Drive south of Peirce Mill, was dedicated in 1936, the first memorial erected on Federal property to a foreign diplomat. It was designed by Joseph Freedlander, and is engraved with the words “Jusserand: Personal Tribute of Esteem and Affection.”

Also home of Henri Bérenger and Paul Claudel.

Architect: George Oakley Totten, Jr. Year: 1908
This Beaux Arts mansion was owned by Sen. And Mrs. John B. Henderson, and rented to the French government as an Ambassador’s residence through 1936. The exterior is carved Indian limestone with a slate roof. The interior has an entrance hall with a marble mosaic floor, and a marble staircase with wrought iron balustrades. The second floor has a circular drawing room and oak parquetry floors. Formerly the French Embassy and the Embassy of Ghana, it now houses the Council for Professional Recognition.