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  • White House Family Kitchen
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    Second Floor
    Family Kitchen
    This photograph of the private Family Kitchen on the Second Floor of the White House was taken in the mid-20th century, circa 1966-1987. Unlike the formal kitchen on the Ground Floor, where the White House Kitchen staff prepares elaborate meals for first families and their distinguished guests, the Family Kitchen offers a space for White House residents to prepare meals for themselves. The Family Kitchen gave President Jimmy Carter a private space to prepare his morning cup of coffee when he awoke at around 5:30AM, and gave President Gerald R. Ford a place to toast his favorite breakfast of English muffins. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef of the White House from 1966-1987.
  • Red Room, Johnson Administration
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    Red Room
    State Floor
    This photograph of the Red Room was likely taken circa 1962-1964, early into the administration of Lyndon B. Johnson. 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 richly decorated room is filled with furnishings in the American “Empire” or “Grecian” style. The parlor has been used for intimate receptions, teas, and meetings. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987.
  • Kitchen, Theodore Roosevelt Administration
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    Ground Floor
    Kitchen
    This black-and-white photograph is a reprint of the Kitchen on the Ground Floor of the White House as it appeared during the administration of Theodore Roosevelt. In 1902, Roosevelt oversaw a significant remodeling project for the White House, including a re-configuring of the White House kitchens. Roosevelt unified the numerous basement kitchens into one large main kitchen and one everyday kitchen. The new kitchens featured white tile, nickel plate, and gloss white painted wall and floor finishes that gleamed. The larger of the remodeled kitchens, pictured in this photograph, was used to prepare meals for State functions, and equipped with four gas ovens and two hotel-size gas ranges. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987, catering to five first families and their distinguished guests.
  • Blue Room, Nixon Administration
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    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
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    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
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    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.
  • Collen Williamson's Water Table
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    renovation
    This photograph of the White House water table was taken during the Truman R[r]enovation from 1948 to 1952. It was originally laid under the supervision of stonemason Collen Williamson.
  • Entrance Hall and Bellange Pier Table
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    Entrance Hall
    table
    This photograph of the White House Entrance Hall was taken in 2003. A prominent feature in the entryway, located just inside the North Portico, is the pier table shown here. The table is part of the Bellange suite of furniture that President James Monroe purchased in Paris and brought with him to the White House when he became president. Of the original 53 piece set, it is the only known item to remain continuously in the White House. The pier table is believed to have been built around 1817.
  • Laying Subflooring in Center Hall
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    renovation
    Center Hall
    Second Floor
    This photograph shows a work crew laying subflooring in the Center Hall on the Second Floor of the Executive Mansion. This work was part of President Harry S. Truman's large-scale 1948-1952 renovation of the White House.
  • White House Laundry
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    Ground Floor
    This photograph was taken in 1917 and shows the White House laundry. First Lady Ellen Wilson devised the idea to convert this space to a walkway so President Woodrow Wilson would not have to walk through it to get to the West Wing from the residence.
  • The White House "Conservatory Promenade"
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    Conservatory
    This photograph taken inside the White House Conservatory captures the footpath that wound around the plants and flowerbeds inside the massive greenhouse. The footpath was coined the "Conservatory Promenade" when it was added during the Rutherford B. Hayes administration. The pathway formed a horseshoe shape and was often featured as part of a tour of the grounds after dinners and parties. The Conservatory resided on the land now occupied by the West Colonnade and West Wing.
  • Place Setting from State Dinner for Prime Minister of Israel, 1980
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    place setting
    china service
    State Dinner
    State Dining Room
    State Floor
    This photograph is of a table setting for a state dinner held on April 15, 1980 for Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel. The Harry S. Truman service, visible here, was often used by President Jimmy Carter for official entertaining.
  • State Dining Room Decorated for Luncheon, 1881
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    State Dining Room
    State Floor
    place setting
    This black and white photograph is of the State Dining room is set with dinner plates from the Hayes state china service and the Dorflinger glassware, first purchased during the Lincoln administration, for a formal luncheon on January 6, 1881. The place setting at the lower left is the “raccoon” dinner plate.
  • Panel Frieze in State Dining Room
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    State Dining Room
    State Floor
    This photograph is of a panel frieze in the State Dining Room. Elements of the frieze were used to inspire the design of the 200th anniversary service ordered by President William J. Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton.
  • East Room Decorated for Dinner Honoring Prince Henry of Prussia
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    East Room
    This image depicts the East Room of the White House decorated for a dinner honoring Prince Henry of Prussia on February 24, 1902 during the administration of President Theodore Roosevelt. Decorations included smilax festoons, white and pink azaleas, ferns, and palms. Red, white, and blue lights decorated the room, and the East Room’s chandeliers were draped in vines for a dinner referred to as “the crowning event” of Prince Henry’s 1902 visit to Washington, D.C.
  • White House Indoor Pool, Franklin D. Roosevelt Administration
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    Swimming Pool
    swimming pool
    This black and white photograph depicts the indoor pool of the White House built in 1933 during the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1970, the indoor pool was converted into the White House Press Room. An outdoor pool replaced the indoor pool in 1975. Lorenzo Simmons Winslow designed the room with Douglas H. Gillette as an engineer.
  • Blue Room, Andrew Johnson Administration
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    Blue Room
    State Floor
    This photograph of the Blue Room was taken in the early 1870s, likely during the Ulysses S. Grant administration. Andrew Johnson's daughter, Martha Johnson Patterson, decorated the room during his administration (1865-1869) with geometrical patterns to contrast with the oval shape of the room. 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 the South Portico windows. This photograph was shot looking north.
  • White House Library, Andrew Johnson Administration
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    Yellow Oval Room
    Second Floor
    This circa 1866 wood engraving depicts the Yellow Oval Room during the administration of President Andrew Johnson as it appeared during its use as a library during the mid/late-nineteenth century. First Lady Abigail Fillmore received Congressional appropriation to start a library in 1850. At the right of the image is a bearskin chair, presented to President Andrew Johnson by famous California hunter Seth Kinman.
  • Blue Room at the Time of the Theodore Roosevelt Renovation
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    Blue Room
    State Floor
    This photograph of the Blue Room was taken around 1901 and shows the Neo-Georgian, or Colonial Revival, decor of the William McKinley administration just prior to the Theodore Roosevelt Renovation. 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 the South Portico windows. This photograph was shot looking east. Today, in between the fireplace and the window is a doorway leading to the Green Room.
  • East Room, Ulysses S. Grant Administration
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    East Room
    State Floor
    This post-1873/circa 1870s black and white photograph depicts the East Room of the White House after its redecoration by President Ulysses S. Grant. President Grant added two beams supported by gold and white columns and painted the ceiling spaces between the columns blue and soft pink. Grey and gold wallpaper, new fireplace mantels and mirrors, rows of columns, and new gas chandeliers defined Grant's "Gilded Age" East Room.
  • Office Seekers in Washington - Scene Outside the Room in the White House Where the President Holds His Cabinet Meetings
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    East Sitting Hall
    This hand-colored wood engraving was published on April 6, 1861 during the early days of the Abraham Lincoln administration. The caption below the engraving describes a scene of office-seeking men gathered outside of the Cabinet Room waiting for a word with President Lincoln. This room, located on the Second Floor of the Executive Mansion, is referred to today as the Lincoln Bedroom - not because President Lincoln slept there, but because he used the room as an office and for cabinet meetings. The arched window and doorway of the East Sitting Hall, just outside of the Lincoln Bedroom, is depicted on the left.
  • East Room
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    East Room
    This stereograph image depicts the East Room of the White House as it appeared circa 1881. The ornate Victorian chandeliers were replaced during the 1902 Roosevelt renovation.
  • State Dining Room with Table in Arrangement for Large State Dinner
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    State Dining Room
    State Floor
    State Dinner
    china
    glassware
    This photograph is of the State Dining room set for a state dinner in 1963. The Truman state service was used by President and Mrs. Kennedy for official entertaining. The large, u-shaped table includes floral centerpieces, china from the Truman state service, and glassware from the Kennedy state service. Letitia Baldridge, social secretary to the White House and chief of staff to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, reflected on Mrs. Kennedy's new decor, “the state dining room metamorphosed into a lovely warm palette of whites, showing every handsome detail of the carved moldings."
  • Banquet Given by the President to the Japanese Ambassadors at the White House, May 24th 1860
    Unknown
    State Dining Room
    This hand-colored wood engraving by an unknown artist was made around 1860 and depicts the banquet hosted by President James Buchanan for Japanese envoys during their visit to Washington, D.C. and their first trip to the United States. The banquet was held on May 24, 1860 and this engraving from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper shows the delegation having dinner in the State Dining Room in the Executive Mansion. President Buchanan is seated at the center of the table.
  • Cabinet Room, Benjamin Harrison Administration
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    Cabinet Room
    West Wing
    This 1889 photograph shows two men standing around the 1869 Ulysses S. Grant administration era conference table in the Cabinet Room of the White House.