Thursday, October 12, 2017

Embassy Neighbours

Picking up where I left off yesterday, Strathcona Park is bordered on its west side by Range Road. A number of embassies, high commissions (the Commonwealth equivalent of an embassy), or diplomatic residences can be found along this street and close by in Sandy Hill. I have several examples today. We start with the Venezuelan embassy.

This is the residence of the High Commissioner for Sri Lanka.

The High Commissioner for Jamaica has their official residence here.

This is the embassy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

While this serves as the embassy of Togo.

This is the High Commission for Pakistan.

Here we have the embassy for Gabon, close to where Range Road meets Laurier Avenue.

This is the Egyptian embassy, just around the corner on Laurier.

While this is the High Commission for Kenya, a short walk west on Laurier.

And wrapping it up is another High Commission, one that I showed you in my Doors Open series, for Brunei, which is housed in the 19th century manor Stadacona Hall.


  1. Nice collection of embassy houses.

  2. This made me many diverse countries all in a might be good if they got together once a week and played Monopoly...that way they could get their territorial ambitions and hostilities toward each other handled in a non-violent manner. Oui?

  3. Hello, what a lovely collection of Embassy houses. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

  4. @Nancy: it is.

    @Lowell: the DRC could use that!

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Tom: they are.

    @Janis: indeed!

    @Eileen: thanks!

  5. That's a nice collection, but I'm still missing one ... ;-)

  6. Hi William, What beautiful buildings as embassy residences. Thanks for sharing. Jo

  7. They have some beautiful houses for residences and offices. When you think of diplomacy world wide it takes an astronomical amount of money.

  8. @Jan: I had a look- I thought the Dutch ambassador's residence might be over in Island Park, which is a considerable walk, but it's in Rockcliffe Park, which is a bit better. I will have to seek it out. I have been in the embassy on a couple of occasions. It occupies a floor in Constitution Square, an office building downtown.

    @Lois: a number of them look like they're 19th century buildings, which makes sense given the age of the neighbourhood.

    @Jo: you're welcome.

    @Red: that is true.

    @Linda: definitely!

    1. I was just kidding about the Dutch ambassador's residence. I'm not in a hurry at all, and I hope to be visiting you blog still for some time, so take it easy. :-)

  9. Nice selection of embassy houses, William.

  10. That is a quite an assortment of embassies all in a row. It reminds me of a street I walked in London a few years ago. The street runs next to Kensington Palace and it's gated on both ends and there are security cameras everywhere and signs that say no photography on this street which I found a bit disconcerting. But, along that street was one big house after another some marked as embassies and others unmarked but all with security cameras.

  11. From the outside, at least, I think I like the Jamaican embassy the best.

  12. They are all good looking houses!

  13. so much style. i enjoy the stone work. very cool. ( ;
    history i am sure of too.

  14. Stately homes all, but I love the field stone at top, William

  15. @Karl: it's an eclectic mix of architecture.

    @Sharon: here I suspect the no photographs rule might apply up around the American ambassador's residence.

    @Revrunner: I seem to go for the first one.

    @RedPat: they are!

    @Beth: they built these to last.

    @Cloudia: so do I.

  16. Wonderful photos of the embassy houses. Very stately and very impressive.

  17. It makes one wonder what the national income is in ratio to the housing selected. Not all of them looked like mansions.

  18. I think the High Commissioner of Brunei has one of the nicest homes.

  19. Those are some pretty swanky and elegant looking residences, William. I liked an early comment that those who worked/lived in these places could all get together and play Monopoly to settle differences.

  20. This is quite a nice selection of beautiful homes. It makes me wonder if all of these countries are represented in Washington D.C. ( least for the moment. Moron Man may decide he doesn't want them for neighbors and imagine a reason to send them packing.).

  21. Some wonderful homes and buildings here ...

    All the best Jan

  22. @Bill: they are indeed!

    @Mari: true. And sometimes it's a matter of how high a security level they deem needed. As well, if they've got an official residence, their embassy might be in an office space downtown.

    @Christine: having had been inside, it is a beautiful manor.

    @Beatrice: or high stakes poker.

    @Kay: I suspect many of them are. I think most nations of the world have an embassy here- though I doubt North Korea does!

    @Norma: they certainly are.

    @Jan: definitely!

    @Klara: I agree.