Embassy of Cameroon, Washington, D.C.

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Embassy of Cameroon, Washington, D.C.
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Coordinates 38°54′49.32″N 77°3′7.92″W / 38.9137000°N 77.0522000°W / 38.9137000; -77.0522000Coordinates: 38°54′49.32″N 77°3′7.92″W / 38.9137000°N 77.0522000°W / 38.9137000; -77.0522000
Location Washington, D.C.
Address 2349 Massachusetts Ave, N.W.

The Residence of the Embassy of Cameroon in Washington, D.C., also known as the Christian Hauge House, is the official residence of the Ambassador of the Republic of Cameroon to the United States. In 2009, the Embassy vacated the building temporarily to allow for a major renovation of the property, and relocated for the meantime to 1700 Wisconsin Ave, N.W.,[1] then to its current location at 3400 International Drive N.W.

The current ambassador of Cameroon to the United States is Joseph Bienvenu Charles Foe-Atangana.[2]


Construction of the Christian Hauge House began in 1906 and was designed by George Oakley Totten, Jr. The house was commissioned by Hauge, a diplomat from Norway. Hauge died in 1907, never seeing his mansion completed. His wife lived in the house until 1927.[3]

While under Cameroon ownership, the Christian Hauge House has fallen into severe dereliction. Residents of the neighborhood describe what has happened as "African Embassy Blight", a seemingly common phenomenon where African countries purchase premier Kalorama homes and then allow them to deteriorate. A similar outcome can be seen in the Zambian embassy 50 ft away.

As of April 11, 2016, The president of the Republic of Cameroon just appointed a new Ambassador to Washington DC. Mr. Henri Etoundi Essomba formerly Cameroon's Ambassador to Israel to replace Mr. Bienvenu Foe Atangana.

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  1. ^ Levine, Mike. "Harvard wants U.S. Marshals to evict Cameroon from embassy in Washington". Foxnews.com. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Mali - His Excellency Abdoulaye Diop". The Washington Diplomat. Archived from the original on 2006-11-28. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  3. ^ "The Embassy of the Republic of Cameroon". embassy.org. 1997-11-12. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 

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