The American legation structure was extended at the end of the XIX century : a second building was linked to the first one with a footbridge. The rooms of the last one are positioned around a central courtyard with an Arab-Andalusian style.
The American diplomatic mission left the premises after Morocco's independence in 1956 to settle down in Rabat. It was then that a group of American intellectuals and diplomats thought of creating this museum, the Talim, Tangier American Legiation Museum, with the support of the Moroccan government.
Talim is actually collaborating with a Moroccan NGO, the Fondation Tanger Al Madina, which carries out social activities addressed to the disadvantaged in the Medina's neighbourhood, like the literacy of young women and the education for health.