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1972 Blue Room Refurbishment

  • Mrs. Nixon in the Newly Renovated Blue Room
    Unknown
    State Floor
    Blue Room
    renovation
    refurbishment
    In this photograph, taken on May 15, 1972, First Lady Pat Nixon beams proudly beside an early 19th-century marble mantel in the newly renovated Blue Room. Mrs. Nixon was assisted in her restoration project by White House Curator Clement E. Conger and design consultant Edward Vason Jones. The refurbished Blue Room’s style was inspired by the French Bellangé suite of furniture President James Monroe purchased for the room in 1817. The walls were covered with beige wallpaper, featuring an upper frieze with a flower and bowl design, and a lower border of pink flowers, cupids, and Greek figures. Blue curtains hung the length of the room. The room also included a new oval plaster design in the center of the ceiling completed by Herbert John Millard, a wood carver from Roswell, Georgia.
  • 1972 Blue Room Refurbishment and Receptions
    Unknown
    refurbishment
    renovation
    Blue Room
    State Floor
    This film collection features craftsmen preparing and adhering wallpaper to the Blue Room's walls and First Lady Pat Nixon's afternoon press conference to mark the official reopening of the Blue Room on May 15, 1972. The first part of the film featuring the craftsman is interspersed with footage of the South Grounds as seen from the Blue Room, as well as detail shots of the new plaster work on the ceiling. The refurbished Blue Room’s style was inspired by the French Bellangé suite of furniture President James Monroe purchased for the room in 1817. The walls were covered with beige wallpaper, featuring an upper frieze with a flower and bowl design, and a lower border of pink flowers, cupids, and Greek figures. Blue curtains hung the length of the room. The room also included a new oval plaster design in the center of the ceiling completed by Herbert John Millard, a wood carver from Roswell, Georgia. During the renovation the Blue Room was closed from February 19, 1972, to May 15, 1972. The Blue Room's renovation was part of a larger project initiated by Mrs. Nixon to refurbish and renovate the White House's rooms and expand its collection. During her tenure as first lady, Mrs. Nixon acquired 600 paintings and furnishings for the White House Collection, and revamped the Red Room, Green Room, Map Room, and China Room.
  • Files Pertaining the Blue Room Renovation (Full Document)
    Office of the Curator
    Clement E. Conger
    Betty C. Monkman
    inventory
    document
    renovation
    refurbishment
    This compilation is made of files from the Office of Curator pertaining to the renovation, refurbishing, and reopening of the Blue Room on May 15, 1972, during the Richard M. Nixon administration. The refurbished Blue Room’s style was inspired by the French Bellangé suite of furniture President James Monroe purchased for the room in 1817. The walls were covered with beige wallpaper, featuring an upper frieze with a flower and bowl design, and a lower border of pink flowers, cupids, and Greek figures. Blue curtains hung the length of the room. The room also included a new oval plaster design in the center of the ceiling completed by Herbert John Millard, a wood carver from Roswell, Georgia. During the renovation the Blue Room was closed from February 19, 1972, to May 15, 1972. The Blue Room's renovation was part of a larger project initiated by First Lady Pat Nixon to refurbish and renovate the White House's rooms and expand its collection. During her tenure as first lady, Mrs. Nixon acquired 600 paintings and furnishings for the White House Collection, and revamped the Red Room, Green Room, Map Room, and China Room.
  • Armchair and Bergere (Enclosed Armchair)
    Pierre-Antoine Bellange
    chair
    This armchair and bergere by Pierre-Antoine Bellange of Paris are two of a 53-piece gilded beechwood suite ordered for the Oval Room. The bergere is one of two made for the President and First Lady.
  • Materials Related to Blue Room Reopening, May 15, 1972
    Deborah M. Sloan
    Clement E. Conger
    Office of the First Lady of the United States
    Craig S. Campbell
    document
    renovation
    refurbishment
    This compilation of documents is from the Office of the First Lady of the United States pertaining to the press preview and reception marking the re-opening of the Blue Room on May 15, 1972, during the Richard M. Nixon administration. The refurbished Blue Room’s style was inspired by the French Bellangé suite of furniture President James Monroe purchased for the room in 1817. The walls were covered with beige wallpaper, featuring an upper frieze with a flower and bowl design, and a lower border of pink flowers, cupids, and Greek figures. Blue curtains hung the length of the room. The room also included a new oval plaster design in the center of the ceiling completed by Herbert John Millard, a wood carver from Roswell, Georgia. During the renovation the Blue Room was closed from February 19, 1972 to May 15, 1972. The Blue Room's renovation was part a of larger project initiated by First Lady Pat Nixon to refurbish and renovate the White House's rooms and expand its collection. During her tenure as first lady, Mrs. Nixon acquired 600 paintings and furnishings for the White House Collection, and revamped the Red Room, Green Room, Map Room, and China Room.
  • Press Preview for the Reopening of the Blue Room
    Joseph H. Bailey
    restoration
    press
    State Floor
    Blue Room
    event
    This photograph is of First Lady Pat Nixon speaking with journalists during a press preview of the Blue Room restoration on May 15, 1972. The refurbished Blue Room’s style was inspired by the French Bellangé suite of furniture President James Monroe purchased for the room in 1817. The walls were covered with beige wallpaper, featuring an upper frieze with a flower and bowl design, and a lower border of pink flowers, cupids, and Greek figures. Blue curtains hung the length of the room. The room also included a new oval plaster design in the center of the ceiling completed by Herbert John Millard, a wood carver from Roswell, Georgia.
  • Press Preview for the Reopening of the Blue Room
    Joseph H. Bailey
    event
    Blue Room
    State Floor
    White House Guests
    staff
    restoration
    This photograph of First Lady Pat Nixon with donors, consultants, and members of the White House staff who contributed to the refurbishment of several rooms in the White House was taken on May 15, 1972. Among them is Janet A. Neff, whose donation helped restore the Blue Room to its French Empire style. Mrs. Nixon held a press preview for the reopening of the newly redecorated Blue Room. The refurbished Blue Room’s style was inspired by the French Bellangé suite of furniture President James Monroe purchased for the room in 1817. The walls were covered with beige wallpaper, featuring an upper frieze with a flower and bowl design, and a lower border of pink flowers, cupids, and Greek figures. Blue curtains hung the length of the room. The room also included a new oval plaster design in the center of the ceiling completed by Herbert John Millard, a wood carver from Roswell, Georgia.
  • Invitation for Reopening of the Blue Room (Page 1 of 2)
    Unknown
    invitation
    document
    renovation
    refurbishment
    This invitation was created for guests of a reception held by President Richard M. Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon on May 15, 1972, on the occasion of the reopening of the Blue Room of the White House. The Blue Room had been closed since February 19, 1972, for a refurbishment project. Mrs. Nixon spearheaded the project, and was assisted in the execution by White House Curator Clement E. Conger and design consultant Edward Vason Jones. As first lady, Mrs. Nixon also oversaw the refurbishment of eight additional rooms, as well as major renovations to the Map and China Rooms. To view the alternate side of the invitation, see 1123270.
  • Invitation for Reopening of the Blue Room (Page 2 of 2)
    Unknown
    invitation
    document
    renovation
    refurbishment
    This invitation was created for guests of a reception held by President Richard M. Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon on May 15, 1972, on the occasion of the reopening of the Blue Room of the White House. The Blue Room had been closed since February 23, 1972, for a major refurbishment project. Mrs. Nixon spearheaded the project, and was assisted in the execution by White House Curator Clement E. Conger and design consultant Edward Vason Jones. As first lady, Mrs. Nixon also oversaw the refurbishment of eight additional rooms, as well as major renovations to the Map and China Rooms. To view the alternate side of the invitation, see 1123269.
  • Mrs. Nixon at Blue Room Reopening Reception
    Joseph H. Bailey
    staff
    restoration
    White House Guests
    State Floor
    Blue Room
    event
    In this photograph First Lady Pat Nixon, along with White House Curator Clement E. Conger and Janet A. Neff, greets guests in the Blue Room during a reception to celebrate its reopening on May 15, 1972. Neff was the primary supporter of the restoration of the Blue Room to its French Empire style. The refurbished Blue Room’s style was inspired by the French Bellangé suite of furniture President James Monroe purchased for the room in 1817. The walls were covered with beige wallpaper, featuring an upper frieze with a flower and bowl design, and a lower border of pink flowers, cupids, and Greek figures. Blue curtains hung the length of the room. The room also included a new oval plaster design in the center of the ceiling completed by Herbert John Millard, a wood carver from Roswell, Georgia.
  • President Nixon Speaks at Blue Room Reopening Reception
    Joseph H. Bailey
    State Floor
    East Room
    event
    This photograph is of President Richard M. Nixon addressing guests in the East Room of the White House. Behind him is First Lady Pat Nixon. On May 15, 1972, the Nixons held a reception to celebrate the reopening of the Blue Room. During the reception, Mrs. Nixon greeted guests alongside White House Curator Clement E. Conger and Janet A. Neff, whose donation helped restore the Blue Room to its French Empire style. The refurbished Blue Room’s style was inspired by the French Bellangé suite of furniture President James Monroe purchased for the room in 1817. The walls were covered with beige wallpaper, featuring an upper frieze with a flower and bowl design, and a lower border of pink flowers, cupids, and Greek figures. Blue curtains hung the length of the room. The room also included a new oval plaster design in the center of the ceiling completed by Herbert John Millard, a wood carver from Roswell, Georgia.
  • Blue Room, Nixon Administration
    Unknown
    State Floor
    Blue Room
    renovation
    refurbishment
    This photograph shows the Blue Room of the White House as it appeared following a renovation project by First Lady Pat Nixon in 1972. Mrs. Nixon was assisted by White House Curator Clement E. Conger and design consultant Edward Vason Jones. The refurbished Blue Room’s style was inspired by the French Bellangé suite of furniture President James Monroe purchased for the room in 1817. The walls were covered with beige wallpaper, featuring an upper frieze with a flower and bowl design, and a lower border of pink flowers, cupids, and Greek figures. Blue curtains hung the length of the room. The room also included a new oval plaster design in the center of the ceiling completed by Herbert John Millard, a wood carver from Roswell, Georgia.
  • Blue Room, Nixon Administration
    Unknown
    State Floor
    Blue Room
    renovation
    refurbishment
    This photograph shows the Blue Room of the White House as it appeared following a renovation project by First Lady Pat Nixon in 1972. Mrs. Nixon was assisted by White House Curator Clement E. Conger and design consultant Edward Vason Jones. The refurbished Blue Room’s style was inspired by the French Bellangé suite of furniture President James Monroe purchased for the room in 1817. The walls were covered with beige wallpaper, featuring an upper frieze with a flower and bowl design, and a lower border of pink flowers, cupids, and Greek figures. Blue curtains hung the length of the room. The room also included a new oval plaster design in the center of the ceiling completed by Herbert John Millard, a wood carver from Roswell, Georgia.
  • Blue Room, Nixon Administration
    Unknown
    State Floor
    Blue Room
    renovation
    refurbishment
    This photograph shows the Blue Room of the White House as it appeared following a renovation project by First Lady Pat Nixon in 1972. Mrs. Nixon was assisted by White House Curator Clement E. Conger and design consultant Edward Vason Jones. The refurbished Blue Room’s style was inspired by the French Bellangé suite of furniture President James Monroe purchased for the room in 1817. The walls were covered with beige wallpaper, featuring an upper frieze with a flower and bowl design, and a lower border of pink flowers, cupids, and Greek figures. Blue curtains hung the length of the room. The room also included a new oval plaster design in the center of the ceiling completed by Herbert John Millard, a wood carver from Roswell, Georgia.