Embassy of Italy

3000 Whitehaven St NW
Washington DC  20008

Phone: (202) 518-2139

The Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C. is the diplomatic mission of the Italian Republic to the United States.The original Italian diplomatic mission to the United States following Italian unification was founded by Baron Saverio Fava. The current chancery is located just off Embassy Row at 3000 Whitehaven Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C. The structure is quite new, being built in 1996.In 1972, the Italians had bought a lot from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a piece of the campus of the neighboring Center for Hellenic Studies.The new building was designed by Piero Sartogo Architetti and construction began in 1996. The old embassy was sold to a developer who intends to turn it into condominiums.Old EmbassyPreviously the embassy had been based at 2700 16th Street and Fuller Street, in an ornate and historic, but small, facility. Several of the embassy's offices had to be based elsewhere in Washington, and it was thus decided to build a new chancery.The Neo-Renaissance building was completed in 1925 and designed by architects Whiteny Warren & Charles D. Wetmore (their designs include Grand Central Terminal in New York City. The first Italian ambassador to reside in the home was Giacomo De Martino. In 1977, Ambassador Roberto Gaja moved the residence to Villa Firenze (Firenze House) in the

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