. . . been received at State. Thousands of international VIPs are entertained each year in Foggy Bottom in a space that private donations helped transform from institutional '60s architecture to a sumptuous showcase for a priceless collection of American antiques. Most taxpayers may not be able to join the dignitaries for dinner, but with a bit of planning, you can take in the rooms' opulence and the incredible display.
The Edward Vason Jones Memorial Hall was modeled after the drawing room in an 18th century Virginia house. It was dedicated to the architect who remodeled the reception rooms. The collection also includes a desk of Thomas Jefferson's and hundreds of other historic pieces.
(Joel Breger & Associates)
State Department Diplomatic Reception Rooms
23rd and C streets NW. Free tours at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. weekdays. Reservations are required and should be made several weeks in advance. Call 202-647-3241. For details, go to www.state.gov/www/about_state/diprooms.
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