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Secretary Gordon Paddock, Minister Edwin Morgan and Vice Consul General Willard Straight, seated in the second row, pose for a photo with Legation staff in front of the Minister’s Residence (1904-1905). (Photo: Willard Dickerman Straight Collection, Cornell University Library)

Secretary Gordon Paddock, Minister Edwin Morgan and Vice Consul General Willard Straight, seated in the second row, pose for a photo with Legation staff in front of the Minister’s Residence (1904-1905). (Photo: Willard Dickerman Straight Collection, Cornell University Library)

Purchased in 1884, the Minister’s (and later Ambassador’s) Residence had been in the possession of the United States Government longer than any other U.S. ambassador’s residence in the world before being rebuilt in 1974. Former American Minister to Korea Horace Allen wrote of it in 1908: “The native architecture was preserved as far as was possible to the intense delight of visitors of an artistic tempera-ment, who never fail to lavish praise over the effect of the beamed and raftered ceilings fully exposed, with neat white paper between the rafters.” (Above) The Minister’s Residence, ca. 1890. (Photo: U.S. National Archives)