The ceremony and reception will be held at the Mexican Cultural Institute on 2829 16th Street Northwest. The Institute was formerly the Mexican Embassy, and is still used for diplomatic functions. We love the interior, and there is a nice art gallery on the ground floor to explore as well.
The wedding begins at 7 PM on March 31, 2001, and dress is black-tie optional. We will be providing shuttles between the Mexican Cultural Institute and the Hotel St. Gregory. Valet parking will be available for those who prefer to drive. We do not recommend taking the Metro at night.
The following is largely cribbed from the official site:
mansion, one of the most spectacular of 16th Street, is
historically significant for both the United States and Mexico.
It was designed in 1910 by the prestigious architects Nathan
Wyeth and George A. Fuller, who earned their reputations by designing
the West Wing of the White house. It
was built at the request of Mrs. Emily McVeagh, wife of the Secretary of
the Treasury during the Taft Administration. From 1916 to 1921, the U.S.
government rented the mansion converting it into the official
guest house for visiting dignitaries.
It was during this time that the magnificent facilities housed
King Albert and Queen Elizabeth of Belgium.
In 1921, the post -revolutionary government of President Alvaro Obregón purchased the mansion to house the Embassy of Mexico, while establishing it as the official residence of its representative in the United States, making it a symbol of the international understanding and friendship between the two neighboring countries.
For over 79 years, the splendorous drawing and dining rooms have witnessed the presence of uncountable celebrities of the political, intellectual, artistic and international communities of Washington D.C. Six spectacular murals painted in 1930 by Diego Rivera's disciple, Roberto Cueva del Río, grace the main hall. The Talavera tile courtyard* is undoubtedly the most popular place for visitors and the ideal setting for theatrical presentations, contemporary dance, popular singers, plays, and the traditional celebration of the Day of the Dead.
The Mexican Cultural Institute occupied the grand mansion when the Embassy moved to a new building on Pennsylvania Avenue in 1989.
*our dance floor.