EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA

(Walsh Mansion)

2020 Massachusetts Avenue NW

(202) 775-5200

Status: Former Residence; Heritage Property; International Embassy

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History

This house was built by Thomas Walsh between 1900 and 1903 after moving to the United States as a poor immigrant, making and losing a fortune and then becoming a multi-millionaire in mining.

When it was completed the 60 room mansion was the most expensive home in the city at a cost of $835,000 ($20 million in 2012 dollars). An additional $2 million dollars was also spent over the years on the furnishings in the mansion.

Thomas’ daughter, Evalyn, married the heir to the Washington Post fortune and they moved into the mansion shortly before her father’s death.

Evalyn passed away on April 26, 1947 and – to cover her significant debts – Walsh Mansion was sold to the Indonesian government for use as their embassy in 1952 for $335,000 a significant loss compared to its cost to build.

 

Paranormal Activity

According the Embassy staff the apparition of Evalyn Walsh floats down the grand staircase from time to time.

The apparition of a naked woman walking through the mansion is also seen. No one knows the identity of this woman but she is thought to be a guest from one of the huge parties that were thrown in the mansion’s heyday.