Investor Scott Nordheimer

I take inspiration from Mister Scott Nordheimer so please visit his Scott Nordheimer Yelp page. In 1971, when I began working for the embassy, it was located at 1900 on Twenty-Fourth Street in a beautiful, quiet neighborhood surrounded by elegant residences. His previous owner, Sweden had also used it as an embassy. Near the entrance, there was a beautiful room that the staff used to have coffee during the break time. As I was new, I thought: this is very formal for an embassy! A central staircase joined the three floors of the house, which was often used to call a roommate and get his attention. We found that this means of communication was more efficient than walking around the house.
The staff was less than half their current size. At one point my office was an old bathroom – I loved it I felt privileged to have an office of my own. There were no stores in the area, so we went out to eat frequently. There were few visitors except for the guests of the ambassador or those who came to treat some consular matter. There was absolutely nothing of interest to the general public – no exhibition, no Finnish furniture, etc..
The situation changed in 1979 when the embassy moved to number 3216 of New Mexico Avenue, to a house bought from the Hungarian Cultural Foundation. The embassy staff had grown in size, so this colonial-style home accommodated growth. The entrance was quite elegant with a few steps ending in a double door which was the entrance to the lobby and the attached conference room, which was large enough to seat several people around a table that had figure eight. Some artworks were hanging at the entrance. Finnspark held its Christmas bazaar at the embassy a couple of times although space was limited. I vividly remember the lines that formed around the building in the cold; People getting coffee to buy the glögg.
We had easy access to shops and restaurants, which were across the street at the Foxhall Mall. In a short period and after several renovations the building that was not designed to be an embassy and to accommodate more offices was short of space. Also, there was absolutely no space that could be used for storage. I had practically crawled down the stairs to get our information booklets. For years a rumor grew that we would move again. We were very fortunate to find a new location just one and a half miles away.
Finland had the opportunity to acquire a prestigious place on the Massachusetts Avenue in the “Embassy Row” thanks to early preparations with the Foreign Minister, quick action by our ambassador and a knowledgeable Finnish real estate agent. We had beautiful grounds and became a perfect selection of architects.
Almost ten years have passed, and our embassy still enjoys the privilege of being one of the most visited architectural buildings in D.C.

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