U.S. TV station produces extensive report on Peruvian Ambassador's residence

Photo: Peruvian Embassy in the U.S.

00:00 | Washington D.C. (U.S.), Sep. 6.

The local Fox TV station in Washington D.C. has broadcast on its morning news a four-and-a-half minute television report on the official residence of the Peruvian Ambassador in the United States as part of its "Embassy Row" series.

The daily audience of Washington D.C.'s main local newscast is estimated at three million viewers.

Of the 175 diplomatic representations accredited in the U.S. capital, the Peruvian mission is the second embassy, after Argentina, to be the subject of this special report, which will undoubtedly increase knowledge about Peru's image abroad.

Peru's Ambassador to the United States, Hugo de Zela, and his wife, Ambassador Maria Eugenia Chiozza de Zela, hosted the program.

Apart from its obvious beauty and exclusive location, it had been the site, 140 years ago, of Battery Terrill, an unarmed auxiliary fort used to defend Washington during the Civil War.

During the report, Peruvian diplomatic representatives explained the preparation techniques of Pisco Sour and Ceviche, and the TV anchor had the opportunity to taste Chilcano. 

The two Peruvian diplomats also showed the art pieces from ancient Peru that are part of the residence's permanent collection.

The house was built in 1928 by its original owner, Charles H. Tompkins, in the forested area of Rock Creek Park, in the heart of Washington D.C. 

The mansion was later acquired by the Government of Peru in 1944, during the administration of President Manuel Prado Ugarteche.

One of the most illustrious visits to the residence was that of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie, during an official dinner hosted by the former Peruvian President and the then-Peruvian Ambassador to the United States Fernando Berckemeyer.

The house is located in the center of a plot of land of approximately 10 hectares.

Editor's note: Story published in coordination with the Peruvian Embassy in the U.S.


Published: 9/6/2019