Peru and the United States established relations on May 2, 1826, following Peru's independence from Spain, and relations were elevated to embassy level on 1920. The embassy of the United States was housed in different buildings before the opening of its current location.
In 1925, the U.S. government purchased a property in the Santa Beatriz area of Lima district to house its embassy. The three-floor building was designed by U.S. architect Frederick Larkin, in association with Leland W. King and Paul Jaquet, being built by the Peruvian construction company Florez y Costa, S.A.. Construction began in late 1942. 1,300 m² of the 11,600 m² property were dedicated to parks and gardens.
The building was designed in a Neocolonial style, featuring a replica travertine marble gate of the Palacio de Torre Tagle on its entrance, as well as on the second floor. The three floors of the building served as either storage (basement), a reception area (first floor) or bedrooms (second floor). The building currently serves as the residence of the U.S. ambassador.
Another building that housed the diplomatic mission of the U.S. was located in the intersection between Wilson Avenue and the Avenida España, part of the historic center of Lima. The original terrain was bought in 1947.
The building was moved from its location near the Civic Centre to the Monterrico suburbs due to the internal conflict in Peru, as the embassy and other buildings affiliated with the United States were targeted by the terrorist group Shining Path on several occasions, as well as by the MRTA, who bombed the embassy on February 14, 1990. By that point, the building had been bought by Clínica Internacional, owned by Grupo Breca, who moved into the building after the former tenants' departure.
The current building was built on the Monterrico residential area of Santiago de Surco. Construction took two years, and the building was inaugurated on July 4, 1995. The building was designed by Bernardo Fort-Brescia, whose façade features a blend of Incan and modern architecture, also features small windows as a security feature. The building's design was met with mixed reactions from both Peruvian and U.S. citizens.
In 2002, two security guards of the embassy were among the dead when a car bomb exploded in the El Polo shopping centre, located accross the street. The building received no apparent damage, unlike the hotel and bank located near the location of the blast.
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Ante esta situación que fue de dominio público, a pesar de las recomendaciones para que se guardara la mayor reserva, intervino la Embajada de los Estados Unidos de Norteamérica, a cuya sede de la avenida Wilson, hoy Garcilaso de la Vega, acudimos con Clyde, el jueves 18 de mayo de 1967, de lo que dan cuenta algunos diario [sic] como La Crónica, en su sección judicial del viernes 19 del indicado mes.
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