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  • Arrangements in the White House Flower Shop
    Joyce N. Boghosian
    Flower Shop
    Ground Floor
    This photograph of the White House Flower Shop was taken by Joyce N. Boghosian on April 14, 2008 during the George W. Bush administration. The White House Flower Shop is a small work space under the North Portico. Florists design arrangements for public and private spaces throughout the White House, coordinating arrays with each room’s unique color palette. They also provide stunning centerpieces for special events, such as State Dinners.
  • President Johnson Gives a Magnolia Blossom to Peggy Fleming
    Yoichi R. Okamoto
    sports
    White House Guests
    West Wing
    Oval Office
    flowers
    In this photograph, taken by Yoichi R. Okamoto on March 27, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson pins a saucer magnolia flower to the lapel of figure skating champion Peggy Fleming in the Oval Office. Johnson plucked the blossom for Fleming from a saucer magnolia tree in the Rose Garden. The 19-year-old figure skater earned a gold medal in the ladies' singles competition at the 1968 Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France. President Johnson invited Fleming and her mother Doris to the Oval Office, where he presented the Olympic champion with a gold bangle and pinned the magnolia blossom to her lapel. Later in her career, Fleming headed a figure skating group that performed for President Jimmy Carter during a Christmas party for White House staff on December 22, 1980.
  • Christmas Card Display in the East Garden Room, 1987
    Susan Biddle
    winter holidays
    flowers
    decorations
    Ground Floor
    East Garden Room
    Christmas
    This photograph of the East Garden Room decorated for the holiday season was taken by Susan Biddle on December 12, 1987. That year, the White House decorations took inspiration from First Lady Nancy Reagan's theme "A Toyland Musical Christmas," and featured vignettes inspired by classic Christmas songs. The East Garden Room was decorated with winter flowers including a massive "tree" made of arranged, potted poinsettias. Also featured in the room were teakwood candlesticks and a display of White House Christmas cards sent by previous administrations. Historic Christmas cards have traditionally been displayed in the East Garden Room during the holiday season since the Richard M. Nixon administration.
  • Mrs. Trump Welcomes Trick-or-Treaters
    Andrea Hanks
    Halloween
    South Grounds
    flowers
    decorations
    In this photograph, taken by Andrea Hanks, First Lady Melania Trump poses for a photograph with a young guest during a Halloween celebration at the White House on on October 25, 2020. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump hosted the event for local schoolchildren, children of frontline workers, and military families. The event included performances of seasonal tunes by the United States Air Force Strolling Strings as well as display stands and giveaway booths on the South Grounds by government agencies including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of the Interior, and the Department of Transportation. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event incorporated safety measures including social distancing, hand sanitizing stations, a face mask requirement for guests ages 2 and up, and a "no touch" policy for giveaway distribution.
  • U.S. Air Force Strolling Strings Perform for Halloween 2020
    Andrea Hanks
    military
    flowers
    decorations
    U.S. Air Force Band
    South Portico
    Halloween
    performing
    music
    This photograph of violinists from the United States Air Force Strolling Strings performing on the west staircase of the South Portico was taken by Andrea Hanks on October 25, 2020, during a Halloween celebration at the White House hosted by President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for local schoolchildren, children of frontline workers, and military families. The staircase is decorated with vibrant purple and orange chrysanthemums and cascading pumpkins. The event included performances of seasonal tunes by the United States Air Force Strolling Strings as well as display stands and giveaway booths on the South Grounds by government agencies including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of the Interior, and the Department of Transportation. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event incorporated safety measures including social distancing, hand sanitizing stations, a face mask requirement for guests ages 2 and up, and a "no touch" policy for giveaway distribution.
  • U.S. Air Force Strolling Strings Perform for Halloween 2020
    Andrea Hanks
    military
    flowers
    decorations
    U.S. Air Force Band
    South Portico
    Halloween
    performing
    music
    This photograph of violinists from the United States Air Force Strolling Strings performing on the east staircase of the South Portico was taken by Andrea Hanks on October 25, 2020, during a Halloween celebration at the White House hosted by President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for local schoolchildren, children of frontline workers, and military families. The staircase is decorated with vibrant yellow and orange chrysanthemums and cascading pumpkins. The event included performances of seasonal tunes by the United States Air Force Strolling Strings as well as display stands and giveaway booths on the South Grounds by government agencies including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of the Interior, and the Department of Transportation. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event incorporated safety measures including social distancing, hand sanitizing stations, a face mask requirement for guests ages 2 and up, and a "no touch" policy for giveaway distribution.
  • Halloween at the White House, 2020
    Andrea Hanks
    South Grounds
    flowers
    Halloween
    This photograph was taken by Andrea Hanks on October 25, 2020, during a Halloween celebration at the White House hosted by President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for local schoolchildren, children of frontline workers, and military families. The event included performances of seasonal tunes by the United States Air Force Strolling Strings as well as display stands and giveaway booths on the South Grounds by government agencies including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of the Interior, and the Department of Transportation. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event incorporated safety measures including social distancing, hand sanitizing stations, a face mask requirement for guests ages 2 and up, and a "no touch" policy for giveaway distribution. The South Fountain is prominently featured in the foreground of this photograph, surrounded by orange flowers.
  • Halloween at the White House, 2020
    Andrea Hanks
    decorations
    flowers
    Halloween
    South Portico
    This photograph of the east staircase of the South Portico decorated for Halloween was taken by Andrea Hanks on October 25, 2020. The staircase is decorated with vibrant yellow and orange chrysanthemums and cascading pumpkins. That evening, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump hosted a Halloween celebration at the White House for local schoolchildren, children of frontline workers, and military families. The event included performances of seasonal tunes by the United States Air Force Strolling Strings as well as display stands and giveaway booths on the South Grounds by government agencies including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of the Interior, and the Department of Transportation. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event incorporated safety measures including social distancing, hand sanitizing stations, a face mask requirement for guests ages 2 and up, and a "no touch" policy for giveaway distribution.
  • Blue Room Prepared for a Holiday Breakfast Reception
    Joseph J. Scherschel
    meals
    food & drink
    flowers
    State Floor
    Blue Room
    winter holidays
    This photograph, taken by National Geographic photographer Joseph J. Scherschel in December 1969, shows a table in the Blue Room lined with trays of pastries, floral decorations, orange juice, and coffee for a breakfast reception. It is possible the buffet was served during a White House holiday reception during the Richard M. Nixon administration; the Blue Room is festively decorated with red candles, garlands, and ornaments for the season.
  • Floral Arrangements in the Green Room
    Robert L. Knudsen
    meals
    flowers
    decorations
    State Floor
    Green Room
    This photograph is of floral arrangements in the Green Room was taken by Robert L. Knudsen on March 20, 1962. The Green and Red Rooms were decorated for a luncheon in honor of Sylvanus Olympio, President of Togo. The Green Room is located on the State Floor of the Executive Mansion. It was the first room named after the color of its textiles and has Federal style furnishings. The elegant but relaxed parlor is used for small gatherings, interviews, and teas.
  • Red Room, John F. Kennedy Administration
    Robert L. Knudsen
    restoration
    flowers
    State Floor
    Red Room
    refurbishment
    meals
    decorations
    This photograph of the Red Room in the early stages of redecoration was taken by Robert L. Knudsen on March 15, 1961, during the John F. Kennedy administration. The sconces in the room were raised to accommodate paintings while the carpet was designed for the White House by Tiffany Studios during the Calvin Coolidge administration. The room also features flower arrangements that were placed there for a private dinner in honor of Prince Stanisław Albrecht (Stanislas Albert) Radziwiłł and Princess Lee Bouvier Radziwiłł.
  • President Johnson Picks a Magnolia Blossom for Peggy Fleming
    Yoichi R. Okamoto
    South Grounds
    White House Guests
    flowers
    sports
    Rose Garden
    In this photograph, taken by Yoichi R. Okamoto on March 27, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson plucks a flower from a blossoming saucer magnolia tree in the Rose Garden as a gift for Olympic figure skater Peggy Fleming. The 19-year-old figure skater earned a gold medal in the ladies' singles competition at the 1968 Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France. President Johnson invited Fleming and her mother Doris to the Oval Office, where he presented the Olympic champion with a gold bangle and pinned the magnolia blossom to her lapel. Later in her career, Fleming headed a figure skating group that performed for President Jimmy Carter during a Christmas party for White House staff on December 22, 1980.
  • Floral Arrangements in the Green Room
    Robert L. Knudsen
    flowers
    State Floor
    Green Room
    meals
    This photograph is of the Green Room decorated with flower arrangements for a luncheon in honor of President Kekkonen of Finland. It was taken by Robert L. Knudsen on October 16, 1961, during the John F. Kennedy administration. The room also featured two of the eight Paul Cézanne paintings bequeathed to the White House in 1928 by American ex-patriot Charles A. Loeser. The paintings were previously held at the National Gallery of Art. The Green Room is located on the State Floor of the Executive Mansion. It was the first room named after the color of its textiles and has Federal-style furnishings. The elegant but relaxed parlor is used for small gatherings, interviews, and teas.
  • Settings in the Blue Room for Private Event for Lee Radziwill
    Robert L. Knudsen
    State Floor
    Blue Room
    meals
    flowers
    decorations
    This photograph is of the Blue Room decorated for a private dinner and dance for Princess Lee Radziwill, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's sister. Robert L. Knudsen captured the settings and decorations on November 11, 1961. The Blue Room is located on the State Floor of the Executive Mansion and is famous for its oval shape, central location, and views of the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial through its South Portico windows.
  • Table Settings in the Blue Room for a Dinner in Honor of Governor of Puerto Rico
    Robert L. Knudsen
    tableware
    place settings
    flowers
    State Service
    State Floor
    Blue Room
    meals
    decorations
    The photograph is a close-up of the table settings and flower arrangements in the Blue Room for a dinner held in honor of Governor of Puerto Rico Luis Muñoz Marín. Robert L. Knudsen took the photograph on November 13, 1961, during the John F. Kennedy administration. The table settings feature glassware selected by the Kennedys from the Morgantown Glassware Guild and china from the Benjamin Harrison State Service. The Blue Room is located on the State Floor of the Executive Mansion and is famous for its oval shape, central location, and views of the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial through its South Portico windows.
  • Table Settings in the Old Family Dining Room
    Robert L. Knudsen
    tableware
    place settings
    State Floor
    Family Dining Room
    flowers
    This photograph of the Old Family Dining Room and table settings was taken by Robert L. Knudsen on December 12, 1961, during the John F. Kennedy administration. From around 1825 to 1962, presidents and their families traditionally dined in the Old Family Dining Room. In 1962 with the addition of a new private family dining room on the Second Floor of the White House, the room was re-purposed for small official dinners, working lunches, and a staging area for state dinners. Located on the State Floor of the White House, the room features architectural details such as elegant plaster work and vaulted ceilings. During the Barack Obama administration, the room was opened to public tours for the first time.
  • Green Room, John F. Kennedy Administration
    Robert L. Knudsen
    State Floor
    Green Room
    flowers
    decorations
    This photograph of the Green Room decorated with red flowers was taken by Robert L. Knudsen on December 12, 1961, during the John F. Kennedy administration. The Green Room is captured prior to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's refurbishment and restoration of the State Floor. The Green Room is located on the State Floor of the Executive Mansion. It was the first room named after the color of its textiles and has Federal-style furnishings. The elegant but relaxed parlor is used for small gatherings, interviews, and teas.
  • Christmas Decorations in the State Dining Room, Kennedy Administration
    Robert L. Knudsen
    winter holidays
    tables
    restoration
    mirrors
    furniture
    furnishings
    flowers
    decorations
    State Floor
    State Dining Room
    Christmas
    refurbishment
    This photograph of Christmas decoration in the State Dining Room was taken by Robert L. Knudsen on December 13, 1961, during the John F. Kennedy administration. The image also shows the newly painted and gilded mahogany sideboard and console tables with eagle supports, made by A. H. Davenport & Company during the 1902 White House renovation. They were refinished in keeping with French interior designer Stéphane Boudin’s vision for the State Dining Room.
  • Floral Arrangements in the Red Room
    Robert L. Knudsen
    meals
    flowers
    decorations
    State Floor
    Red Room
    This photograph is of floral arrangements in the Red Room was taken by Robert L. Knudsen on March 20, 1962, during the John F. Kennedy administration. The Red and Green Rooms were decorated for a luncheon in honor of President Sylvanus Olympio of Togo. The Red Room is located on the State Floor of the Executive Mansion. The room was first decorated with red fabrics during the James K. Polk administration in 1845. The space is often filled with furnishings in the American “Empire” or “Grecian” style. The parlor has been used for intimate receptions, teas, and meetings.
  • White House Chief Floral Designer Elmer M. "Rusty" Young
    Robert L. Knudsen
    staff
    State Floors
    Blue Room
    Residence staff
    flowers
    decorations
    This photograph is of White House Chief Floral Designer Elmer M. "Rusty" Young tending to a floral arrangement in the Blue Room. Robert L. Knudsen took this photograph on March 22, 1962, during the John F. Kennedy administration. The Blue Room is located on the State Floor of the Executive Mansion and is famous for its oval shape, central location, and views of the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial through its South Portico windows.
  • 2020 Holiday Decorations in the Red Room
    Matthew D’Agostino
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    Red Room
    flowers
    This photograph of a floral arrangement on display in the Red Room was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on November 30, 2020 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. In the Red Room, handmade ornaments and felt-crafted scenes honored the service of America’s first responders and frontline workers. The holiday theme for 2020 was “America the Beautiful,” which celebrated the natural wonders of the American landscape. Selected by First Lady Melania Trump, the White House decorations also paid tribute to the courage and resilience of frontline workers, members of the military, and other American heroes. In 2020, American frontline and essential workers faced unique challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 2020 Holiday Decorations in the State Dining Room
    Matthew D’Agostino
    winter holidays
    flowers
    decorations
    State Floor
    State Dining Room
    This close-up photograph of holiday decorations on display in the State Dining Room was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on November 30, 2020 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. The holiday theme for 2020 was “America the Beautiful,” which celebrated the natural wonders of the American landscape. Selected by First Lady Melania Trump, the White House decorations also paid tribute to the courage and resilience of frontline workers, members of the military, and other American heroes. In 2020, American frontline and essential workers faced unique challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 2020 Holiday Decorations in the State Dining Room
    Matthew D’Agostino
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    State Dining Room
    flowers
    centerpieces
    This photograph of a floral arrangement on display in the State Dining Room was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on November 30, 2020 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. The flowers are displayed in a gilded bronze basket attributed to the French firm Denière et Matelin of Paris. It was purchased for the White House in 1817, when James Madison and then James Monroe held office. The basket depicts the Three Graces, Greek goddesses of beauty and charm. The holiday theme for 2020 was “America the Beautiful,” which celebrated the natural wonders of the American landscape. Selected by First Lady Melania Trump, the White House decorations also paid tribute to the courage and resilience of frontline workers, members of the military, and other American heroes. In 2020, American frontline and essential workers faced unique challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 2020 Holiday Decorations in the State Dining Room
    Matthew D’Agostino
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    State Dining Room
    centerpieces
    flowers
    This photograph of a floral arrangement on display in the State Dining Room was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on November 30, 2020 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. The flowers are displayed in a gilded bronze basket attributed to the French firm Denière et Matelin of Paris. It was purchased for the White House in 1817, when James Madison and then James Monroe held office. The basket depicts the Three Graces, Greek goddesses of beauty and charm. The holiday theme for 2020 was “America the Beautiful,” which celebrated the natural wonders of the American landscape. Selected by First Lady Melania Trump, the White House decorations also paid tribute to the courage and resilience of frontline workers, members of the military, and other American heroes. In 2020, American frontline and essential workers faced unique challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Portrait of President Kennedy with 2020 Holiday Decorations
    Matthew D’Agostino
    winter holidays
    State Floor
    Cross Hall
    decorations
    flowers
    This oil on canvas portrait of President John F. Kennedy was painted by Aaron Shikler in 1970 and is his official White House portrait. The portrait was placed on public display in the East Room on February 5, 1971. This photograph shows the painting on display in the Cross Hall, during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations on November 30, 2020. In 2020, the painting was also featured as part of the design for the White House Historical Association's official White House Christmas ornament. For the 2020 holiday decorations at the White House, the official White House Christmas ornament was prominently displayed in the Vermeil Room. The holiday theme for 2020 was “America the Beautiful,” which celebrated the natural wonders of the American landscape. Selected by First Lady Melania Trump, the White House decorations also paid tribute to the courage and resilience of frontline workers, members of the military, and other American heroes. In 2020, American frontline and essential workers faced unique challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.