NW Quadrant, East of Rock Creek, Sheridan/Kalorama, Architecturally Significant, Asian/Pacific Islander, Diplomats, Translators

Yan Huiqing
(April 2, 1877 – May 24, 1950)

2001 19th St NW, Kalorama neighborhood, DC. Former Chinese Legation (1902-1944).

Born in Shanghai, Yan was one of the first American-educated Chinese scholars and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1900. He has also published under the names Wei Ching Williams Yen, and W.W. Yen. Yan taught English in Shanghai before entering government service and serving as premier fives times. He was China's first ambassador to the Soviet Union and the Chinese delegate to the League of Nations.

Yan was the author of the two volume An English and Chinese Standard Dictionary (1908). During World War II while under Japanese house-arrest in Hong Kong, he translated and compiled Stories of Old China (1942). His autobiography East-West Kaleidoscope, 1877-1946 : An Autobiography was published in English in 1974 and in Chinese in 2003.

He lived in this residence as the Chinese Ambassador to the United States from 1931-1933.


Also home of Mai-Mai Sze and Tcheng Yu-hsiu.

Architect: Waddy Wood, Edward Donn, Jr. and William I. Deming.
Year: 1902.
A Georgian Revival mansion, built for the Imperial Chinese Legation, this building was divided into 13 condominiums in 1944. The building retains its grand entry foyer, fireplaces, and much of its original wood beams, floors, and trim.