Historic U.S. Embassy Demolished in Belize

I fell in love with it before I knew what it was: an old, dilapidated building with a huge porch and views of the Caribbean Sea in Belize City. Clearly, the property has been abandoned and neglected for some time. The roof sags, windows are boarded, and plants have taken over. I had a daydream about buying the place and fixing it up. I asked my guide about it, on the off chance he would know the history.

“Oh, that’s the old U.S. Embassy – too much hurricane damage, the government sold it to a private owner in 2006.”

US Embassy before Hurricane Damage

The building was constructed in 1866, in New England, and shipped down to Belize for use as a private home. In  1981 the US government bought it and used the property as the Embassy until 2006, the very last wooden US embassy building in the world. Today, the new US embassy, which resembles a compound, sits in Belmopan.

Current US Embassy

And the old building with all the hurricane damage, history and charm? It was torn down yesterday.

Today, I ran into the US Ambassador up in Orange Walk. He had chartered a private fishing boat for himself and his visiting nephew.  He didn’t seem interested in answering questions about old embassies.

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