Spanish Steps Celebrated at the Residence of the Ambassador of Turkey
On June 6, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey Namik Tan and Mrs. Fugen Tan entertained their neighbors who support the preservation of the Spanish Steps. The steep incline in Kalorama between Decatur Place and 22nd Street is an urban oasis likened to the steps in the Piazza di Spagna in Rome. Ambassador Tan detailed the history of the landmark embassy property, which was home to Cleveland industrialist Edward Everett and was purchased by Turkey’s first president, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in 1936. Board President David Bender expressed his appreciation for the support, which will enable continuing enhancements to the Spanish Steps.