Embassy of the United States, New Delhi

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U.S. Embassy New Delhi
Seal of an Embassy of the United States of America.svg
US Embassy New Delhi.jpg
AddressShantipath, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi[1]
AmbassadorKenneth Juster

The Embassy of the United States of America in New Delhi is the diplomatic mission of the United States of America in the Republic of India. The Embassy is headed by the U.S. Ambassador to India. The embassy complex is situated on a 28-acre plot of land in Chanakyapuri, the diplomatic enclave of New Delhi, where most of the embassies are located.


President Obama greets U.S. Embassy personnel in New Delhi, 2015
Roosevelt House, November 2010, photograph by Pete Souza.

The Embassy was designed by American architect Edward Durell Stone, then a professor of architecture at Yale University and the designer of Radio City Music Hall.[2] The planning of the embassy began in the early 1950s and the complex includes the Chancery, the Roosevelt House (official residence of the U.S. Ambassador), office space and living accommodations and is located in New Delhi.

The corner stone of the structure was laid by Chief Justice of the United States Earl Warren on September 1, 1956. The building was estimated to cost $2,000,000 and replaced the former Maharajah's palace where the American embassy was previously housed. Warren stated that he hoped the embassy would become a "temple of peace,"[2] and became the first contemporary American building constructed following the U.S. State Department's directive that overseas buildings "should be in harmony with cultural, architectural and climatic conditions."[3]

The Embassy was formally opened on January 5, 1959 in the presence of Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and other dignitaries.[3] Following the opening ceremony, U.S. Ambassador to India Ellsworth Bunker stated, "To me this building is symbolic of what can be achieved through the cooperation of our two countries. From beginning to end it has been a joint venture."[4] Upon its opening, The New York Times called the embassy "probably the most elegant in the world."[3]

American consulates in India[edit]

The United States also has consulates in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad, all of which are associated with the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi.[5]

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  1. ^ Address Archived 2012-01-19 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Times, Special to The New York (August 30, 1956). "U.S. to Start Building New Embassy in New Delhi" (PDF). The New York Times. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Abel, Elie (January 4, 1959). "NEW U. S. EMBASSY PRAISED BY NEHRU; Indian Head, at Dedication, Notes Blending of National Motif and U. S. Technique" (PDF). The New York Times. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  4. ^ "About the embassy". Archived from the original on March 17, 2016. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  5. ^ U.S. consulates in India Archived 2012-01-19 at the Wayback Machine

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