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Mexican Cultural Institute
The Mansion that houses the Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington, DC is an Historic Landmark in the DC Inventory of Historic Sites, whose murals, decorations, and changing exhibitions are on display to the public.
The Mansion is historically significant for the US and Mexico; it was designed in 1910 by the architects Wyeth and Fuller and built by request of Mrs. MacVeagh, wife of the Secretary of the Treasury during the Taft Administration. In 1916 the US government rented the Mansion, converting it into the official guest house for visiting dignitaries; in 1921 the Mexican government purchased it to house its Embassy in the US, making it a symbol of understanding and friendship between the two countries. The Mexican government, successfully enhancing the Mansion's splendor, added a portico to the Italian-style facade and in the interior combined different styles and shapes, reflecting the dynamics of Mexican culture. The main hall, inspired by late 15th century Italian architecture, is a majestic setting for the mahogany English banister and 18th century Mexican altarpiece. The three-story mural by Roberto Cueva del Rio, depicting some of Mexico's more colorful traditions, provides a breathtaking backdrop to this grand entrance hall.
Events are held in second floor spaces which include Music, Drawing and Dining Rooms. Suited to formal professional events, the Institute can accommodate a maximum of 120 guests for a seated dinner and 300 for a cocktail reception.