The Ghost at the Embassy

21 Oct
The ceiling of the ballroom is covered in elaborate paintings.

The ceiling of the ballroom is covered in elaborate paintings.

The Embassy of Indonesia in Washington, D.C., is a beautiful mansion on Massachusetts Avenue in DuPont Circle. The four-story, fifty-room home was completed in 1903 for the Walsh-McLean family. In 1951, the first Indonesian Ambassador to the United States purchased it  to house the embassy.

Since then, many children of Indonesian diplomats have grown up here, learning traditional dance, playing gamelan, and creating mischief in its many nooks and crannies. Many also get to know the ghost.

Gio Soeprapto shares his memories of an unusual playmate:

 

The view from the third story. Evalyn allegedly jumped from this story to where the white statue is now.

Evalyn allegedly jumped from this third story to where the white statue is now.

Evalyn landed on this statue of the Borobudor Buddhist temple, which is now in the embassy's basement.

She landed on this statue of the Borobudor temple, which is now in the embassy’s basement.

Gio Soeprapto recalls childhood stories about Evalyn.

Gio Soeprapto recalls childhood stories about Evalyn.

The mansion's dumbwaiter is now in disrepair.

The mansion’s dumbwaiter is now in disrepair.

Above the stained glass ceiling on the fourth floor.

Above the stained glass ceiling on the fourth floor.

Pak Muryanto on the bonang, providing the background music for this recording.

Pak Muryanto on the bonang, providing the background music for this recording.

Looking down the grand staircase to the mansion's foyer.

Looking down the grand staircase to the mansion’s foyer.

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