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US Embassy Prague

The US Embassy Prague has 3 distinct elements through which it serves its primary function of representing the United States of American in the Czech Republic.

  • The Embassy at  Tržiště 15  Praha 1
  • The American Center in Prague at Tržiště 13, Prague 1
  • The Residence of the U.S. Ambassador in Prague

The Embassy - The Embassy is currently housed in the Schoenborn Palace in the Mala Strana district of Prague. Richard Crane, the first U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia, sold the Palace to the United States Government in 1925 for $117,000.  The present palace was erected in the period 1643 - 1656 by Count Colloredo-Mansfeld, an Austro-Hungarian general. The Count, having lost a leg at the battle of Lutzen, had the flight of steps leading to the first garden terrace built with a special incline to enable him to ride on horseback into the palace.  Behind the palace stretches a terraced garden and orchard of seven acres which extends up a hillside topped by the Glorietta, from which the American flag flies.  The Embassy website is:  http://prague.usembassy.gov/index.html

Ambassador’s Residence Prague - The Residence of the U.S. Ambassador in Prague is known at Petschek Palace.  It was built as a residence in the late 1920’s, during the brief flowering of the first republic of Czechoslovakia, by Otto Petschek, the patriarch of one of the wealthiest families in the country. The Petscheks were a German-speaking Jewish family, and their wealth was in large part from coal mine holdings and banking.  For interesting historical facts and photos see the site:   http://prague.usembassy.gov/ambassadors_residence.html

American Center - The American Center (AC) is a guide to the United States in the Czech Republic.   The Center has its own website is a at:   http://www.americkecentrum.cz/en

The American Center:

  • Offers authoritative, up-to–date information on a wide array of U.S.-related topics.
  • Holds lectures on U.S. history, politics, nature, and politics.
  • Hosts both U.S. and Czech experts and academics in various areas of human interest who share their experiences.
  • Provides a window into American culture—by cooperating with U.S. artists, by showing documentaries and movies.

Andrew Schapiro, Ambassador of the United States to the Czech Republic, Bio

Andrew H. Schapiro was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic on August 14, 2014 and presented his credentials to President Milos Zeman on September 30, 2014. The son of a Czech immigrant to the United States, Ambassador Schapiro was born in Chicago, Illinois. He is a lawyer by training who early in his career served as a Law Clerk to Judge Richard Posner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and to Justice Harry Blackmun of the United States Supreme Court. He then worked as a public-interest lawyer in the office of the Federal Public Defender in New York City, defending individuals charged with federal crimes who could not afford to hire their own attorneys.

Subsequently Ambassador Schapiro spent 16 years in private practice as a partner at two international law firms, Mayer Brown LLP and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP. He won landmark litigation victories for clients including Google, YouTube, and Altria Group, and was repeatedly selected for inclusion in publications such as Best Lawyers In America; Legal 500 USA, and The American Lawyer.

Ambassador Schapiro has served on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund, the Criminal Justice Act Advisory Board of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Board of Directors of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, and the Advisory Board of the Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States. He was also a member of the Democratic National Committee’s National Finance Committee and its 2012 Platform Committee.

Ambassador Schapiro holds a B.A. (History) from Yale College, an M.A. (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics) from Oxford University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He and his wife Tamar Newberger have two children.