Ippakutei Tea House Tour Open House/Guided Tour

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan


Tours every 30 minutes!

One of Washington's most spectacular historical houses, the former Residence of the Ambassador of Japan was built in 1931 and designed by the architectural firm Delano & Aldrich. Created in Neo-Gregorian style, the residence is characterized by a sense of modesty, proportion, symmetry, and balance. The building's reflection of the dignified atmosphere of NW Massachusetts Ave made it the perfect contender when it was designated a historical landmark in 1972.

Just a short walk away, hidden on the grounds of the Embassy of Japan, visitors will also have the opportunity to explore an authentic Japanese teahouse named Ippakutei, meaning the "Teahouse of 100 Years." Designed by architect Nahiko Emori and considered the greatest of its kind outside of Japan, it was built in 1960 to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the Japan-US Treaty of Amity and Commerce.

These buildings are only open to the public once or twice a year, so come take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy these unique architectural landmarks!

Guided tours will take place every 30 minutes. Participants will learn about the history and cultural tradition of each building, including their architectural impact.

About AIA DC

With nearly 300 state and local chapters, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) serves as the voice of the architecture profession and the resource for our members in service to society. Founded in 1887, the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects serves the Nation's Capital, functioning as both the "local" and "state" component of the AIA for the District of Columbia. The Chapter was intimately involved in the design and planning of Washington, and continues to play an active role in city development today.

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