. . . taken in the steps at the Mexican Cultural Institute. This 16th Street NW mansion still houses a painted lesson on the nation's past. From the Incas to the industrial age, history plays out in vivid color as it follows the soaring stairs. Formerly the Mexican Embassy, the house was built as a gift for President William Howard Taft's treasury secretary and was clearly made for entertaining: Stop on the way down to see the Renaissance drawing room and its hand-painted pipe organ, then bask in the warmth of the tiled conservatory. Here, climbing the stairs is a different sort of breathtaking.
Christopher Columbus looms large in Roberto Cueva del Rio's four-story mural.
(Andrea Bruce Woodall -- The Washington Post)
Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St. NW. Free. Open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 202-728-1628 or go to www.embassyofmexico.org/mci.
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