Grounds of Diplomacy: A History, A Place, A Mission

To commemorate its 60th anniversary, Meridian International Center has produced an elegant coffee table book to showcase the stunning architecture of Meridian House and White-Meyer House that make up the Center’s campus, and tell the story of how the homes and the Center came to be. The book, titled Grounds of Diplomacy: A History, A Place, A Mission, serves as a tribute to Meridian International Center’s historic campus in Washington and its thread in history as a hub for diplomacy, global leadership and international exchange.

Starting with the official naming of the Meridian Hill neighborhood along the proposed Washington meridian line, the book chronicles the area’s transformation into the ‘diplomatic quarter of Washington’ with the development of several embassy mansions in the early 20th century. The book then details the construction of the two residential jewels on Crescent Place, designed by renowned architect John Russell Pope and home to two accomplished American diplomats, the influential Eugene Meyer family, and later, Meridian International Center.

As the only publication to memorialize this history through over a century’s worth of compelling photographs and imagery, the book celebrates Meridian’s work to advance diplomacy through the exchange of global leaders, ideas and culture, and shows how this mission upholds the legacy of those who built Meridian Hill into a Washington neighborhood that remains influential in the United States’ engagement with the world.

Support the Book

The year 2020 will mark the 60th Anniversary of Meridian and the 100th Anniversary of Meridian House. Be a part of our milestone year by donating to Meridian, and receive your first edition copy of Grounds of Diplomacy: A History, A Place, A Mission, to be published in February 2020. Support levels are included below:

$5,000: Linden Circle

  • Special Recognition at the Meridian 60th Anniversary Celebration on February 27, 2020
  • Personalized first-edition copy of the book Grounds of Diplomacy: A History, A Place, A Mission with a photo of your choice
  • Name recognized in acknowledgements section*
  • Invitation to the Meridian 60th Anniversary Celebration on February 27, 2020

$2,500: Terrace Circle

  • Personalized first-edition copy of the book Grounds of Diplomacy: A History, A Place, A Mission with a photo of your choice
  • Name recognized in acknowledgements section*
  • Invitation to the Meridian 60th Anniversary Celebration on February 27, 2020

$1,000: Supporter

  • First-edition copy of the book Grounds of Diplomacy: A History, A Place, A Mission
  • Name recognized in acknowledgements section*
  • Invitation to the Meridian 60th Anniversary Celebration on February 27, 2020

$500: First-edition copy of the book Grounds of Diplomacy: A History, A Place, A Mission

  • Name recognized in acknowledgements section*

$250: First-edition copy of the book Grounds of Diplomacy: A History, A Place, A Mission

**The book will go to print on January 30, 2020. If you wish to be listed in the acknowledgements section, please contact us or make your donation by January 30th

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Checks can be made payable to Meridian International Center and mailed to:

Meridian International Center
c/o Charlotte Watiez
1630 Crescent Place NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Meridian International Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible.