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  • Southwest View of the Family Dining Room, Decatur House
    Bruce White
    Decatur House
    This photograph of the family dining room in Decatur House was taken by Bruce White on December 17, 2017. The reproduction 19th century dining room table is set with Chinese export famille rose dinnerware and Beale family silver from the Decatur House Collection. On the mantel is a statue called the Bronco Buster by Frederic Remington. The painting above the mantel is Horses Quenching Their Thirst, Camels Disdaining by Ernest E. de F. Narjot and depicts the U.S. Camel Corps, an experimental military unit. Completed in 1818, Decatur House was the third building on Lafayette Square and its first private residence. It was designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the architect of the Capitol and several other famous buildings, for Commodore Stephen Decatur (1779-1820) and his wife, Susan Wheeler Decatur. Tragically, on March 22, 1820 Stephen Decatur was mortally wounded during a duel. After his death, his widow Susan Decatur rented out the house to foreign ministers and several secretaries of state. The house was eventually sold and passed through several hands, including the Gadsby family, the U.S. Subsistence Bureau, and the Beale family. Marie Ogle Beale, a society maven and the last owner left the house to National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1961. In 2010, the White House Historical Association and National Trust entered into a co-stewardship arrangement of Decatur House.
  • Open Doors of the Front Hall, Decatur House
    Bruce White
    Decatur House
    Washington, D.C.
    This photograph of the open doors in the curved doorway of Decatur House was taken by Bruce White on December 18, 2017. The doors lead to the main staircase which takes guests to the upstairs parlors. The doorway also features wooden faux vaulting, including a shallow dome. Completed in 1818, Decatur House was the third building on Lafayette Square and its first private residence. It was designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the architect of the Capitol and several other famous buildings, for Commodore Stephen Decatur (1779-1820) and his wife, Susan Wheeler Decatur. Tragically, on March 22, 1820 Stephen Decatur was mortally wounded during a duel. After his death, his widow Susan Decatur rented out the house to foreign ministers and several secretaries of state. The house was eventually sold and passed through several hands, including the Gadsby family, the U.S. Subsistence Bureau, and the Beale family. Marie Ogle Beale, a society maven and the last owner left the house to National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1961. In 2010, the White House Historical Association and National Trust entered into a co-stewardship arrangement of Decatur House.
  • Closed Doors of the Front Hall, Decatur House
    Bruce White
    Decatur House
    Washington, D.C.
    This photograph of the closed doors in the curved doorway of the Decatur House was taken by Bruce White on December 18, 2017. The doors lead to the main staircase which takes guests to the upstairs parlors. The doorway also features wooden faux vaulting, including a shallow dome. Completed in 1818, Decatur House was the third building on Lafayette Square and its first private residence. It was designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the architect of the Capitol and several other famous buildings, for Commodore Stephen Decatur (1779-1820) and his wife, Susan Wheeler Decatur. Tragically, on March 22, 1820 Stephen Decatur was mortally wounded during a duel. After his death, his widow Susan Decatur rented out the house to foreign ministers and several secretaries of state. The house was eventually sold and passed through several hands, including the Gadsby family, the U.S. Subsistence Bureau, and the Beale family. Marie Ogle Beale, a society maven and the last owner left the house to National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1961. In 2010, the White House Historical Association and National Trust entered into a co-stewardship arrangement of Decatur House.
  • First Floor Parlor Fireplace, Decatur House
    Bruce White
    Decatur House
    furnishings
    This photograph of a fireplace in one of the first-floor parlors of Decatur House was taken by Bruce White on December 8, 2017. The room is furnished with a selection of comfortable period reproductions and pieces from the Decatur House Collection and the first-floor parlors are now used as a special meeting and reception space by the White House Historical Association. Decorative arts objects from the collection on display in this photograph are Stephen Decatur’s 1812 presentation sword and one of a pair of figural candelabra owned by Marie Ogle Beale. Completed in 1818, Decatur House was the third building on Lafayette Square and its first private residence. It was designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the architect of the Capitol and several other famous buildings, for Commodore Stephen Decatur (1779-1820) and his wife, Susan Wheeler Decatur. Tragically, on March 22, 1820 Stephen Decatur was mortally wounded during a duel. After his death, his widow Susan Decatur rented out the house to foreign ministers and several secretaries of state. The house was eventually sold and passed through several hands, including the Gadsby family, the U.S. Subsistence Bureau, and the Beale family. Marie Ogle Beale, a society maven and the last owner left the house to National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1961. In 2010, the White House Historical Association and National Trust entered into a co-stewardship arrangement of Decatur House.
  • Decatur House Dining Room
    Bruce White
    Decatur House
    Washington, D.C.
    This photograph of the Decatur House dining room was taken by Bruce White on September 20, 2017. On the walls are a set of six Kakemono panels painted on silk that are a part of the Decatur House Collection. The room also features parquet flooring with the inset of the great seal of California which Beale and his wife, Mary had installed between 1872-1874. On the ceiling is an ornate twelve-armed chandelier with frosted globes and two rows of dangling, faceted spear prisms, which was purchased at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. The chandelier was installed for the Beales in 1880 and eventually converted from gas to electric. The Decatur House was completed in 1818. The house was the third building on Lafayette Square and its first private residence. It was designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the architect of the Capitol and several other famous buildings, for Commodore Stephen Decatur (1779-1820) and his wife, Susan Wheeler Decatur. Tragically, on March 22, 1820 Stephen Decatur was mortally wounded during a duel. After his death, his widow Susan Decatur rented out the house to foreign ministers and several secretaries of state. The house was eventually sold and passed through several hands, including the Gadsby family, the U.S. Subsistence Bureau, and the Beale family. Marie Ogle Beale, a society maven and the last owner left the house to National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1961. In 2010, the White House Historical Association and National Trust entered into a co-stewardship arrangement of Decatur House.
  • Pasta Salad with a Twist
    Bruce White
    food & drink
    This photograph of chilled pasta salad made by chef Mathew Wendel was taken by Bruce White. Wendel served the dish at President George W. Bush’s Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas. Wendel became acquainted with the Bush family in 1995, while working at the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas, as a waiter-caterer with the Word of Mouth catering company. After Bush was elected president in 2000, Wendel prepared comforting meals for the first family during their trips to Camp David and during visits home to the Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas.
  • Grocery Lists, Chef Matthew Wendel
    Bruce White
    lists
    documents
    food & drink
    This photograph of handwritten grocery lists written by chef Matthew Wendel was taken by Bruce White on February 11, 2020. Wendel was the cooked and entertained for President George W. Bush and his family. For efficiency, Wendel based the lists on the store's layout, and he also divided the items into categories so when they were bagged they could quickly be put away at the Bush’s Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas. Wendel became acquainted with the Bush family in 1995, while working at the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas, as a waiter-caterer with the Word of Mouth catering company. After Bush was elected president in 2000, Wendel prepared comforting meals for the first family during their trips to Camp David and during visits home to the Prairie Chapel Ranch.
  • Chilled Serrano Honeydew Melon Soup
    Bruce White
    food & drink
    This photograph of chilled serrano honeydew melon soup prepared by chef Mathew Wendel was taken by Bruce White on October 29, 2020. Wendel served the dish at President George W. Bush’s Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas. Wendel became acquainted with the Bush family in 1995, while working at the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas, as a waiter-caterer with the Word of Mouth catering company. After Bush was elected president in 2000, Wendel prepared comforting meals for the first family during their trips to Camp David and during visits home to the Prairie Chapel Ranch.
  • Cheese Platter
    Bruce White
    food & drink
    This photograph of a cheese platter made by chef Mathew Wendel was taken by Bruce White on October 30, 2019. The platter was prepared by Wendel for his book, Recipes from the Ranch. Wendel became acquainted with President George W. Bush’s family in 1995, while working at the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas, as a waiter-caterer with the Word of Mouth catering company. After Bush was elected president in 2000, Wendel prepared comforting meals for the first family during their trips to Camp David and during visits home to the Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas.
  • Cheese Platter
    Bruce White
    food & drink
    This photograph of a cheese platter made by chef Mathew Wendel was taken by Bruce White on October 30, 2019. The platter was prepared by Wendel for his book, Recipes from the Ranch. Wendel became acquainted with President George W. Bush’s family in 1995, while working at the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas, as a waiter-caterer with the Word of Mouth catering company. After Bush was elected president in 2000, Wendel prepared comforting meals for the first family during their trips to Camp David and during visits home to the Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas.
  • Sweet and Smoky Cheeseburger
    Bruce White
    food & drink
    This sweet and smokey cheeseburger prepared by chef Matthew Wendel was taken by Bruce White on October 30, 2019. First Lady Laura Bush liked the burgers to be prepared with toasted wheat bun, burger patties blended with barbeque sauce, and topped with extra sharp cheddar cheese. Wendel became acquainted with the Bush family in 1995, while working at the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas, as a waiter-caterer with the Word of Mouth catering company. After Bush was elected president in 2000, Wendel prepared comforting meals for the first family during their trips to Camp David and during visits home to the Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas.
  • Blueberry Pie
    Bruce White
    food & drink
    This photograph of a blueberry pie prepared by chef Matthew Wendel was taken by Bruce White on October 30, 2019. Wendel became acquainted with President George Bush’s family in 1995, while working at the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas, as a waiter-caterer with the Word of Mouth catering company. After Bush was elected president in 2000, Wendel prepared comforting meals for the first family during their trips to Camp David and during visits home to the Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas.
  • Nanny’s Chicken and Dumplings
    Bruce White
    food & drink
    This photograph of chicken and dumplings prepared by chef Matthew Wendel was taken by Bruce White on October 30, 2019. Wendel became acquainted with President George W. Bush‘s family in 1995, while working at the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas, as a waiter-caterer with the Word of Mouth catering company. After Bush was elected president in 2000, Wendel prepared comforting meals for the first family during their trips to Camp David and during visits home to the Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas.
  • Guacamole and Tortilla Chips
    Bruce White
    food & drink
    This photograph of guacamole and tortilla chips prepared by chef Matthew Wendel was taken by Bruce White on October 30, 2019. Wendel became acquainted with President George W. Bush’s family in 1995, while working at the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas, as a waiter-caterer with the Word of Mouth catering company. After Bush was elected president in 2000, Wendel prepared comforting meals for the first family during their trips to Camp David and during visits home to the Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas.
  • Ingredients for Guacamole
    Bruce White
    food & drink
    This photograph of ingredients that chef Matthew Wendel used to prepare guacamole was taken by Bruce White on October 30, 2019. The ingredients include lemons, salt, pepper, avocado, cilantro, serrano chilies, and green onions. Wendel became acquainted with President George W. Bush‘S family in 1995, while working at the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas, as a waiter-caterer with the Word of Mouth catering company. After Bush was elected president in 2000, Wendel prepared comforting meals for the first family during their trips to Camp David and during visits home to the Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas.
  • Velva's Hot Rolls
    Bruce White
    food & drink
    The photograph of Velva’s hot rolls and soup prepared by chef Matthew Wendel, her son, was taken by Bruce White on October 30, 2019. Wendel used his mother's recipe to create the rolls and typically served them at Camp David and Prarie Chapel Ranch for special holidays. Wendel became acquainted with President George W. Bush’s family in 1995, while working at the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas, as a waiter-caterer with the Word of Mouth catering company. After Bush was elected president in 2000, Wendel prepared comforting meals for the first family during their trips to Camp David and during visits home to the Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas.
  • Velva's Famous Cinnamon Rolls
    Bruce White
    food & drink
    This photograph of Velva's famous cinnamon rolls prepared by her son, chef Mathew Wendel, was taken by Bruce White on October 30, 2019. Wendel became acquainted with President George W. Bush’s family in 1995, while working at the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas, as a waiter-caterer with the Word of Mouth catering company. After Bush was elected president in 2000, Wendel prepared comforting meals for the first family during their trips to Camp David and during visits home to the Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas.
  • Chef Matthew Wendel Prepares Blueberry Pie
    Bruce White
    food & drink
    This photograph of chef Matthew Wendel preparing a blueberry pie was taken by Bruce White on October 30, 2019. Wendel became acquainted with President George W. Bush’s family in 1995, while working at the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas, as a waiter-caterer with the Word of Mouth catering company. After Bush was elected president in 2000, Wendel prepared comforting meals for the first family during their trips to Camp David and during visits home to the Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas.
  • Preparing Nanny’s Chicken and Dumplings
    Bruce White
    food & drink
    This photograph of chef Matthew Wendel preparing his grandmother's chicken and dumplings was taken by Bruce White on October 30, 2019. He served the dish on cold winter days at Camp David. Wendel became acquainted with President George W. Bush’s family in 1995, while working at the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas, as a waiter-caterer with the Word of Mouth catering company. After Bush was elected president in 2000, Wendel prepared comforting meals for the first family during their trips to Camp David and during visits home to the Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas.
  • Preparing Nanny’s Chicken and Dumplings
    Bruce White
    food & drink
    This photograph of chef Matthew Wendel preparing his grandmother's chicken and dumplings was taken by Bruce White on October 30, 2019. He served the dish on cold winter days at Camp David. Wendel became acquainted with President George W. Bush’s family in 1995, while working at the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas, as a waiter-caterer with the Word of Mouth catering company. After Bush was elected president in 2000, Wendel prepared comforting meals for the first family during their trips to Camp David and during visits home to the Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas.
  • Chef Matthew Wendel Prepares Velva's Hot Rolls
    Bruce White
    food & drink
    The photograph of chef Matthew Wendel preparing his mother's recipe for hot rolls was taken by Bruce White on October 30, 2019. Chef Wendel became acquainted with President George W. Bush’s family in 1995, while working at the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas, as a waiter-caterer with the Word of Mouth catering company. After Bush was elected president in 2000, Wendel prepared comforting meals for the first family during their trips to Camp David and during visits home to the Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas. Wendel typically served these rolls at both Camp David and Prarie Chapel Ranch during special holidays.
  • Chef Matthew Wendel Prepares Velva's Hot Rolls
    Bruce White
    food & drink
    The photograph of chef Matthew Wendel preparing his mother's recipe for hot rolls was taken by Bruce White on October 30, 2019. Chef Wendel became acquainted with President George W. Bush’s family in 1995, while working at the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas, as a waiter-caterer with the Word of Mouth catering company. After Bush was elected president in 2000, Wendel prepared comforting meals for the first family during their trips to Camp David and during visits home to the Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas. Wendel typically served these rolls at both Camp David and Prarie Chapel Ranch during special holidays.
  • Chef Matthew Wendel Prepares Velva's Hot Rolls
    Bruce White
    food & drink
    The photograph of chef Matthew Wendel preparing his mother's recipe for hot rolls was taken by Bruce White on October 30, 2019. Chef Wendel became acquainted with President George W. Bush’s family in 1995, while working at the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas, as a waiter-caterer with the Word of Mouth catering company. After Bush was elected president in 2000, Wendel prepared comforting meals for the first family during their trips to Camp David and during visits home to the Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas. Wendel typically served these rolls at both Camp David and Prarie Chapel Ranch during special holidays.
  • Chef Matthew Wendel Prepares Velva's Hot Rolls
    Bruce White
    food & drink
    The photograph of chef Matthew Wendel preparing his mother's recipe for hot rolls was taken by Bruce White on October 30, 2019. Chef Wendel became acquainted with President George W. Bush’s family in 1995, while working at the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas, as a waiter-caterer with the Word of Mouth catering company. After Bush was elected president in 2000, Wendel prepared comforting meals for the first family during their trips to Camp David and during visits home to the Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas. Wendel typically served these rolls at both Camp David and Prarie Chapel Ranch during special holidays.
  • Chef Matthew Wendel Prepares Shepherd’s Bread
    Bruce White
    food & drink
    The photograph of chef Matthew Wendel preparing his mother's recipe for shepherd’s bread was taken by Bruce White on October 30, 2019. Chef Wendel became acquainted with President George W. Bush’s family in 1995, while working at the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas, as a waiter-caterer with the Word of Mouth catering company. After Bush was elected president in 2000, Wendel prepared comforting meals for the first family during their trips to Camp David and during visits home to the Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas.