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.
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.
- Secretary Clinton and former DRR Director Marcee Craighill cut the Terrace ribbon in 2011 with members of the Fund for the Endowment of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms.
- Former Secretary of State John Kerry — joined by his dog, Ben — has a quiet moment looking out on the Lincoln Memorial and National Mall from the Secretaries of State Terrace on April 12, 2015.
- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the view from the Terrace of the State Department.