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Historical Buildings of Washington D.C.: The Embassy of the Republic of Cameroon

Historical analysis provided by Kelsey & Associates. Copyright © 1997, Kelsey & Associates.

The Embassy of the Republic of Cameroon
2349 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

The Christian Hauge House
Built 1906
Architect George Oakley Totten

In 1906, local architect George Oakley Totten, Jr. was commissioned by Norwegian Diplomat Christian Hauge to design the mansion at 2349 Massachusetts Avenue. A year earlier he was appointed his nation's first minister to the United States, the year in which they gained independence from Sweden. Hauge died during a snowshoeing accident in Norway in the winter of 1907, however, never witnessing his mansion's completion. His Kentucky-born wife lived at the residence until her death in 1927, and it was the scene of many lavish social parties during her tenure. The mansion now serves as the Embassy of the Republic of Cameroon.