For the first time in three decades, a piece of Washington D.C.’s rich historical tapestry is up for grabs. Nestled in the heart of Dupont Circle, at 1860 19th Street NW, is the illustrious Amb. Peter F. Secchia Building, home to the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) since 1994. This iconic edifice, named after the esteemed US Ambassador to Italy, Peter Secchia, is now on the market for $3,999,999, under the expert guidance of Lyndsi Armenio and Matthew Windsor of Douglas.
Built in 1907, this grand structure spans over 9,000 square feet, boasting a timeless blend of historic charm and contemporary allure. From the moment you step foot inside, you’re enveloped by the opulence of yesteryears – inlaid parquet floors, soaring ceilings, and sun-kissed interiors adorned with intricate gold foil egg moldings.
The building’s main level, once a museum showcasing donated memorabilia and artifacts from illustrious Italian Americans, now sets the stage for a new chapter of history. Beyond its ornate façade lies a space teeming with potential, beckoning entrepreneurs, visionaries, and history enthusiasts alike.
Ascending the grand staircase, visitors are greeted by the former upper floor, now transformed into office spaces exuding a sense of prestige and purpose. It’s here that political luminaries and dignitaries have crossed thresholds, leaving their mark on the annals of American history.
Among the distinguished guests who have graced the halls of the Amb. Peter F. Secchia Building are Ambassador Peter Secchia himself, a luminary in US-Italian relations, and Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro, who made history as the first female vice presidential candidate alongside Walter Mondale. Additionally, Congresswoman Constance Morella and Congressman Frank Guarini have lent their presence to this hallowed establishment, underscoring its significance as a nexus of political and cultural exchange.
Despite its storied past, the building remains a beacon of modernity, seamlessly blending tradition with innovation. With 7,800 square feet of space, it offers ample room for creative reimagining, whether as a corporate headquarters, cultural center, or luxury residence.
Beyond the imposing façade of the building that houses the National Italian American Foundation lies a tranquil oasis, boasting outdoor terraces perfect for moments of reprieve amidst the hustle and bustle of city life. And with seven parking spaces at its disposal, convenience meets sophistication in this unparalleled offering.
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