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Wikipedia Description: Embassy of Canada in Washington
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The Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. (French: Ambassade du Canada à Washington) is Canada's main diplomatic mission to the United States. The embassy building is located at 501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. between the Capitol and the White House just north of the National Gallery of Art.
The embassy had long been based in an old mansion on Embassy Row that had been purchased in 1927. This house had been built in 1909 for Clarence Moore, a financier who was killed in the sinking of the Titanic. It was at this building that the Queen of Canada, Elizabeth II, hosted a return dinner for President Dwight D. Eisenhower at the end of her state visit to the US in 1959.
Over time, the Canadian delegation outgrew this building and spread to other structures scattered throughout Washington. In the 1970s the Embassy of Canada began to search for a new home, at the same time the district government was looking to revitalize Pennsylvania Avenue. In 1978 the Government of Canada purchased a vacant lot for $5 million. The site had previously been a Ford dealership and a public library. Canada is the first, and so far only nation, to build an embassy so close to the Capitol. The two nations share a close relationship due to their cultural similarities, geographic proximity, and the volume of trade across their borders.
The new building was designed by British Columbia architect Arthur Erickson. This decision generated some controversy as Erickson was handpicked by his friend Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, but the building itself was much acclaimed. The new chancery was officially opened by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in May 1989.
The ambassador is former federal finance minister Michael Wilson. The ambassador lives in an official residence just off Embassy Row in the northwest of the city. This building was purchased in 1948 and Lester B. Pearson was the first ambassador to re ...More...
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EMBCAN_040630_04.JPG: The Canadian embassy. There's a tribute to Reagan in the lower left side of the building.
EMBCAN_040630_14.JPG: The tribute to Reagan from the Canadian embassy. "Au Revoir"
EMBCAN_040701_01.JPG: The Canadian embassy.
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2004 photos: Equipment this year: I bought two Fujifilm S7000 digital cameras. While they produced excellent images, I found all of the retractable-lens Fuji models had a disturbing tendency to get dust inside the lens. Dark blurs would show up on the images and the camera had to be sent back to the shop in order to get it fixed. I returned one of the cameras when the blurs showed up in the first month. I found myself buying extended warranties on cameras.
Trips this year: (1) Margot and I went off to Scotland for a few days, my first time overseas. (2) I went to Hawaii on business (such a deal!) and extended it, spending a week in Hawaii and another in California. (3) I went to Tennessee to man a booth and extended it to go to my third Fan Fair country music festival.
Number of photos taken this year: 110,000.