The renovation and renewal of this stately multi-faceted diplomatic residence enables it to house and serve the complex functions of the ambassador from politics to social relationships.
The project provides a setting that is befitting the grandeur of the historic home and the dynamic culture it represents. The residence was artfully restored to celebrate the historic character through enhancement of ornate architectural detailing while integrating new engineering systems seamlessly and sensitively.
PRESERVATION ARCHITECTURE FRAMES AN IMPRESSIVE ART COLLECTION
On the first floor, work focused on providing upgrades that support large-scale receptions and entertaining. Here the rooms feature opulent historic detailing that provides a dramatic setting for the impressive art collection, period furnishings, and antiques in each room. New decorative painting and color schemes transform the look and feel of the grand spaces of the home. The restored grand spaces provide the perfect backdrop for both formal dining and large-scale entertaining held in receptions rooms such as the Empire Salon and Dining Room, as well as intimate living spaces for residents and their guests in the Winter Salon.
Entry Foyer at the French ambassador's residence.
© Ron Blunt Photography
FRESH AND MODERN LIVING
With ample daylight filtering in through the home’s large windows, newly reconfigured private living quarters on the second and third floors provide a modern environment for the diplomatic residents. Contemporary elements include a state of the art European kitchen and bathrooms with new plumbing and fixtures. The west wing has separate suites that are elaborately furnished and appointed with updated bathrooms to provide comfortable and luxurious accommodations for guests.
The recent renovation brings fresh, modern accents to the French ambassador's historic residence in Washington.
Julie Sanders, "Vive la France", Home & Design Magazine