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EMBLAT_200629_06.JPG: Latvia is one of the most introverted nations. We allow our books to speak for us, since literature is the perfect world for introverts.
EMBLAT_200629_27.JPG: Laipni ludzam! Welcome to the Little Free Library -- the first and only such library run by an Embassy in Washington DC.
We bring you the best of Latvian literature in English.
Please take only one book
You may take more of the brochures, leaflets and postcards if you plan to share them with family, friends and colleagues.
These books are provided to you for free. As a way of saying thanks [Paldies! -- in Latvian], please consider taking a picture of the book and yourself and posting about it on social media.
Please us #iamintrovert and tag us
EMBLAT_200629_42.JPG: Wearing mouth and nose covering while at the Embassy is obligatory. Upon entry, please sanitize your hands with the provided sanitizer.
EMBLAT_200629_47.JPG: Only the person that has an appointment will be allowed to enter the consular office and only at the appointment time.
Wikipedia Description: Embassy of Latvia in Washington, D.C.
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The Embassy of Latvia (historically known as the Alice Pike Barney Studio House or Studio House) in Washington, D.C., is the diplomatic mission of the Republic of Latvia to the United States. It is located at 2306 Massachusetts Avenue NW on Embassy Row in the Sheridan-Kalorama neighborhood.
The current ambassador is Māris Selga.
Alice Pike Barney Studio House
Designed by Waddy Butler Wood in 1902, the former studio house of Alice Pike Barney is an example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. It was used by Barney until her death and her daughters Natalie Barney and Laura Dreyfus-Barney held the house until 1961.
In 1961 the Barney women donated the house to the Smithsonian Institution. In 1976 it was opened as part of the National Museum of American Art to be used as a house museum. After more than 14 years the building had succumbed to significant structural damage. Since it would cost more than $2 million to renovate the house, the building was closed and the building and its furnishings were put up for sale.
The Friends of Alice Pike Barney Studio House was incorporated in 1993 to buy the house and pay for its renovations. Alice Pike Barney: Her Life and Art, written by curator of the house, Jean L. Kling was the subject of a book party to raise funds in 1994. The same year, the association attempted a working relationship with the Smithsonian Institution to preserve the building. Unable to raise sufficient funds, the house was listed for sale by the Smithsonian Institution in 1999 and the following years attempts to have the building zones for use as a School of Arts. Its ownership was passed to the Latvian government in 2001, with the intention of hosting events in memory of Alice Pike Barney and her art.
Embassy of Latvia
The renovated house is used as a residence for the Latvian ambassador and an embassy.
National Register of Historic Places
In addition to being listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building is a contributing property to the 'Sheridan-Kalorama Historic District' and Massachusetts Avenue Historic District.
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