Organization of American States Building

Title

Organization of American States Building

Description

The Organization of American States (OAS) Building was completed in 1910. Its style is meant to be a fusion of some of the major architectural elements from its participating members, with Spanish, Native American, French, Portuguese, and English influences. The OAS was founded in 1889. Proposed by the US and first meeting in Washington, DC, the Organization was established as “an order of peace and justice, to promote their solidarity, to strengthen their collaboration, and to defend their sovereignty, their territorial integrity, and their independence." (Article I, Charter of OAS). Today, the OAS has 35 member nations from across North and South America.

Source

University of Pennsylvania Collections, Paul Philippe Cret Collection. View original.

Date

1910

Coverage

Physical Description

Classical building featuring a tropical patio, marble staircases and galleries, and monument halls.

Location

The OAS has five buildings in Washington, DC. The Main Building (MNB) is located on the corner of 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

Description

The Organization of American States (OAS) Building was completed in 1910. Its style is meant to be a fusion of some of the major architectural elements from its participating members, with Spanish, Native American, French, Portuguese, and English influences. The OAS was founded in 1889. Proposed by the US and first meeting in Washington, DC, the Organization was established as “an order of peace and justice, to promote their solidarity, to strengthen their collaboration, and to defend their sovereignty, their territorial integrity, and their independence." (Article I, Charter of OAS). Today, the OAS has 35 member nations from across North and South America.

Creator

Paul Cret and Albert Kelsey

Date

1910

Coverage

1860-1889

Source

University of Pennsylvania Collections, Paul Philippe Cret Collection. View original.