Diplomatic Reception Rooms, U.S. Department of State

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Inspiring Diplomacy

Offering sweeping views of the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and Arlington Cemetery, the Secretaries of State Terrace is one of the grandest viewing points in the city of Washington. 

The Terrace is named for all those who have served our nation as Secretary of State, many of whom have found inspiration in the views of our nation’s capital and the legacy of the founders who are memorialized on the National Mall.

“What makes the United States of America unique is how individuals throughout our country’s history have taken responsibility for preserving the past, while imagining and creating an even better future.”
Dedication by Hillary Rodham Clinton — October 27, 2011

Terrace Dedication

In 2011, the terrace was redesigned in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms, and was unveiled to friends and supporters of the Rooms by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The Secretaries of State Terrace recognizes many of the donors who support the vision and mission of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms, and is enjoyed by the thousands who visit the rooms each year.

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The Secretaries of State Terrace
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