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  • Queens' Sitting Room, Kennedy Administration
    Robert L. Knudsen
    Queens' Sitting Room
    Second Floor
    refurbishment
    This photograph of the Queens' Sitting Room was taken by Robert L. Knudsen on August 28, 1963, shortly after First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's redecoration of the room. Located on the Second Floor of the Executive Mansion, this sitting room is adjacent to the Queens' Bedroom. Mrs. Kennedy added the dark blue and white cotton wallpaper and black and gold furniture and was the previous owner of the tea table at center. Mrs. Kennedy left the tea table at the White House upon her departure.
  • Elevator Hall, John F. Kennedy Administration
    Robert L. Knudsen
    mirrors
    furniture
    furnishings
    Second Floor
    refurbishment
    This photograph shows the elevator hall on the Second Floor during the John F. Kennedy administration. Like the nearby Center Hall and the East and West Sitting Halls, this space was redecorated by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Interior designer Sister Parish envisioned the design concept for the space, while furniture was acquired under the guidance of Henry Francis Du Pont and arranged by interior designer Stéphane Boudin. Prominently featured on the wall here is an 18th-century mirror loaned to the White House by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association.
  • 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.
  • Vermeil Room, John F. Kennedy Administration
    Robert L. Knudsen
    Ground Floor
    Vermeil Room
    This photograph of the Vermeil room before First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's restoration project was taken by White House photographer Robert L. Knudsen on May 8, 1962. The Vermeil Room is located on the Ground Floor of the White House. In 1957, during the Dwight D. Eisenhower administration, Margaret Thompson Biddle bequeathed her collection of late 18th and early 19th-century vermeil, or gilded silver, to the White House. The Vermeil Room was named after Biddle's collection, which is on display on the room's shelves. The portraits of first ladies have traditionally hung from the room's walls.
  • Workers Repaint Ground Floor Corridor, Kennedy Administration
    Robert L. Knudsen
    restoration
    refurbishment
    Ground Floor Corridor
    Ground Floor
    construction & maintenance
    In this photograph by Robert L. Knudsen, workers repaint the Ground Floor Corridor on September 13, 1961. The painting was part of the refurbishment and restoration of the White House under the guidance of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Like the Cross Hall connecting the rooms on the State Floor above, the Ground Floor Corridor provides access to the rooms on the lower level of the Executive Mansion, including the Diplomatic Reception Room, the China Room, the Vermeil Room, the Map Room, and the Library. Stretching between the East Wing and the West Wing, the Ground Floor Corridor was originally a dimly lit basement hallway, and the rooms along the corridor were service spaces. The arched ceiling vaults were intended to support the State Floor above, although they are now mainly decorative. During President Theodore Roosevelt's presidency, this hallway was transformed into a space for displaying artwork and china.
  • China Room, John F. Kennedy Administration
    Unknown
    China Room
    Ground Floor
    This photograph is of the China Room as appeared before First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's refurbishment of the rooms in the White House. The China Room is located on the Ground Floor of the White House and has been used to display ceramics, glass, and other decorative arts since 1917. The pieces on display are a collection of items used in the White House by first families, including state china services commissioned during a presidency. Howard Chandler Christy's portrait of First Lady Grace Goodhue Coolidge was hung in the room in 1952. The image was taken on August 14, 1961 by a National Geographic staff photographer for the White Historical Association's 1962 publication of "The White House: A Historic Guide". The publication serves as a companion book for tours of the White House, providing history of the rooms, architecture, and furniture.
  • Treaty Room, John F. Kennedy Administration
    Robert L. Knudsen
    restoration
    Treaty Room
    Second Floor
    refurbishment
    This photograph of the Treaty Room was taken by Robert L. Knudsen on May 3, 1962 during the John F. Kennedy administration. The Treaty Room is located on the Second Floor of the White House and is used as the president’s private study where the commander-in-chief can analyze reports, hold private meetings, edit speeches, and host family gatherings. It is one of the most historic rooms in the house, bearing witness to the signing of the peace protocol between Spain and United States in 1898, the Limited Nuclear Test Ban between the United States and the Soviet Union in 1963, and is possibly where President James Monroe composed the Monroe Doctrine. It has also served as the Cabinet Room for various administrations including for presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, and William McKinley. In 1962 First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, along with French interior designer Stéphane Boudin, oversaw the restoration of the Treaty Room including the installation of the deep green wallpaper with a red geometric design inspired by a decorative treatment for the State Rooms during the Andrew Johnson administration.