Embassy of the United States, Paris

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The Embassy of the United States in Paris, France, is the oldest diplomatic mission of the United States.<ref name=history>Template:Cite web</ref> Benjamin Franklin and some of the other Founding Fathers were the earliest United States Ambassadors to France.<ref name=history /> It is located at 2 avenue Gabriel, on the northwest corner of the Place de la Concorde, in the 8th arrondissement.<ref name=loc />


The U.S. State Department owns three buildings in Paris to support its diplomatic, consular, trade and cultural activities which are: the Embassy of the United States in Paris, the Hôtel de Pontalba also called Hôtel Rothschild (U.S. Ambassador’s residence), and the Hôtel Talleyrand. More details about the last two mansions can be found in the Secretary of State’s Register of Culturally Significant Properties.


The four-story chancery, housing the ambassador's office, faces the Avenue Gabriel and the gardens of the Champs-Élysées; it is beside the Hôtel de Crillon.<ref name=loc>Template:Cite web</ref> It was built in 1931, following the demolition of an existing structure.<ref name=chancery>Template:Cite web</ref> Designed by Delano & Aldrich – an American architectural firm based in New York City, New York – along with French architect Victor Laloux, the building has a façade that conforms with other buildings on the Place de la Concorde, as required by French law.<ref name=chancery />

Talleyrand building

thumb The so-called "Talleyrand building" at 2 rue Saint-Florentin formerly housed the American Embassy Consular Services, Public and Cultural Affairs offices, several other government agencies and the George C. Marshall Center.<ref name=Talleyrand>Template:Cite web</ref> Most of these offices were moved to the embassy proper.<ref name=Talleyrand /> Constructed in 1769 as a private residence, the property was acquired in 1812 by Charles Maurice de Talleyrand, who owned it until his death in 1838.<ref name=hist_Talley>Template:Cite web</ref> It was then purchased by the banker James Mayer de Rothschild, whose family, owned it for over a century, until 1950, when it was acquired by the U.S. government.<ref name=hist_Talley />

Ambassador's residence

Template:Main The nearby property at 41 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, known as the Hôtel de Pontalba, was built by Louis Visconti for the New Orleans–born Baroness Micaela Almonester de Pontalba between 1842 and 1855.<ref name=residence>Template:Cite web</ref> Edmond James de Rothschild acquired the building in 1876.<ref name=residence /> His estate sold it in 1948 to the U.S. government, and today it is the residence of the U.S. Ambassador to France.<ref name=residence />

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Telegram sent from the French Embassy on May 31, 1961 to President Kennedy

U.S. representatives in France

Template:Main As of 20 January 2009, fifty-three people had represented, in France, the interests of the U.S. (or its predecessor colonies and/or states prior to the 1789 ratification of the U.S. Constitution) as envoy, minister plenipotentiary, minister, ambassador or chargé d'affaires.

See also

  • Diplomatic rank
  • France – United States relations
  • French Embassy, Washington, D.C.
  • List of diplomatic missions of the United States
  • Place des États-Unis


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