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  • President Reagan with Henry and Carole Haller
    Pete Souza
    staff
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    This photograph, taken by White House photographer Pete Souza on September 30, 1987, shows President Ronald Reagan with White House Executive Chef Henry Haller and his wife, Carole Haller. Reagan invited Haller to the Oval Office to bid the chef farewell upon his retirement. Haller had served as White House Executive Chef since 1966, starting with the administration of Lyndon B. Johnson. This photograph is part of a personal collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller.
  • Aerial View of New York Harbor During "Operation Sail"
    Henry Haller
    New York
    This photograph, taken by White House Executive Chef Henry Haller on July 4, 1986, provides an aerial view from the window of a Marine Corps helicopter flying over New York Harbor. A parade of international warships and tall-mast ships float in the harbor for "Operation Sail." That day, President Ronald Reagan traveled to Governors Island, New York, to celebrate the centennial of the Statue of Liberty with French President François Mitterrand, and admire the parade of ships and a fireworks display. For the event, President Reagan, First Lady Nancy Reagan, President Mitterrand, his wife, Danielle Mitterrand, and 28 additional guests also enjoyed a luncheon prepared by the White House Kitchen staff. The culinary team, including Haller, White House Executive Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier, and Chef Frank Ruta, prepared the food in the White House Kitchen and transported it to New York by Marine Corps helicopter. Haller traveled with the food. Despite the bumps and turns of the helicopter, the food remained intact. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987.
  • Desserts for Statue of Liberty Centennial
    Henry Haller
    food
    This photograph, taken by White House Executive Chef Henry Haller, captures the chocolate models of the Statue Of Liberty created by White House Executive Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier. Chef Mesnier made the chocolate reproductions for a luncheon on July 4, 1986 for President Ronald Reagan and French President François Mitterrand in New York City. Chef Henry Haller, Chef Mesnier, and Chef Frank Ruta prepared food for the luncheon in the White House Kitchen. Haller later traveled with the prepared dishes to New York in a Marine Corps helicopter. During the journey, the food was stored in coolers and remained intact despite the jostling of the helicopter. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987.
  • Program for State Dinner Honoring the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty
    White House Calligraphy Office
    program
    State Visit
    State Dinner
    This is the first page of an event program for the State Dinner hosted by President Jimmy Carter in honor of President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel to celebrate the signing of the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty. The event was held on March 26, 1979. While the historic peace treaty was signed earlier that day on the North Lawn of the White House, the massive dinner party was held in the evening on the South Lawn. With 1,340 guests, at the time it was the largest formal sit-down meal ever hosted at the White House. To match the collaborative spirit of the event, entertainment at the dinner featured musicians from Egypt, Israel, and the United States. To view the complete program, see 1127289. This program is part of a personal collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. As executive chef from 1966-1987, Haller oversaw the menus for over 250 State Dinners at the White House.
  • White House Chefs Prepare Dessert for Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty Dinner
    Unknown
    staff
    Kitchen
    Ground Floor
    food
    State Dinner
    In this photograph, White House Executive Chef Henry Haller and his staff prepare desserts for a dinner held on the South Lawn on March 26, 1979 to commemorate the signing of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. With 1,340 guests, at the time it was the largest sit-down dinner ever to occur at the White House. In this photograph, Chef Haller and his team, including Assistant Executive Chef Hans Raffert, prepare hazelnut "gianduja" mousse. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to Henry Haller. Haller served as the White House Executive Chef from 1966-1987.
  • Betty Ford Speaks with Chef Haller Ahead of State Dinner
    Karl Schumacher
    staff
    State Visit
    State Dinner
    Rose Garden
    In this photograph, taken on July 7, 1976, First Lady Betty Ford speaks to White House Executive Chef Henry Haller prior to a State Dinner held inside a tent in the Rose Garden in honor of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The State Dinner was part of the second formal State Visit of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip to the United States. The royal party had previously visited in October 1957, during the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Henry Haller served as the White House Executive Chef from 1966-1987.
  • Chefs with Tricia Nixon's Wedding Cake
    Robert L. Knudsen
    Entrance Hall
    staff
    State Floor
    wedding
    food
    In this photograph, taken on June 12, 1971, White House kitchen staff and New York pastry chef Maurice Bonté stand beside Tricia Nixon's wedding cake in the Entrance Hall. The cake was designed by Bonté, who also created the wedding cake for Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, in 1966. Pictured in this photograph are Executive Chef Henry Haller and his colleagues from left: Maurice Bonté, an unidentified kitchen staff member, Eserline Dewberry, Pastry Chef Heinz Bender, Haller, Franklin Blair, and Assistant Pastry Chef Hans Raffert. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Henry Haller served as the White House Executive Chef from 1966-1987, during the presidencies of Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan.
  • Menu for Pat Nixon's Dinner for Jacqueline Kennedy
    Unknown
    menu
    This type-written menu was discovered taped to the reverse of a clipping from the "Evening Star" from February 5, 1971, which described a meeting in the White House between former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and First Lady Pat Nixon. The menu provides an outline for what the Nixons and Kennedys dined on in the White House on February 3, 1971. Menu items included a seafood appetizer, beef with artichokes and mushrooms, and souffle for dessert. The Nixons privately invited Mrs. Kennedy and her children to see the completed official White House portraits of the late President John F. Kennedy and Mrs. Kennedy by painter Aaron Shikler. It was the only time that Mrs. Kennedy returned to the White House after leaving in December 1963. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Henry Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987.
  • Food Preparations in the White House Kitchen
    Karl Schumacher
    staff
    food
    Kitchen
    Ground Floor
    In this photograph, taken November 18, 1969, White House Executive Chef Henry Haller discusses meal preparation with Social Secretary Lucy Winchester, while Pastry Chef Heinz Bender (right) looks on. Winchester served as social secretary from 1969-1974, during the Richard M. Nixon administration. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Henry Haller served as the White House Executive Chef from 1966-1987, catering to five first families and their distinguished guests.
  • Lady Bird Johnson Congratulates Chef Henry Haller
    Unknown
    staff
    Ground Floor
    Library
    ceremony
    In this photograph, taken on April 24, 1968, First Lady Lady Bird Johnson congratulates White House Executive Chef Henry Haller on his medal in the Library on the Ground Floor of the White House. The award is believed to be a gold medal presented to Haller for his culinary contributions. White House food coordinator Mary Kaltman can be seen standing in the background. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as Executive Chef from 1966-1987, during the presidencies of Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan.
  • Menu for State Dinner Honoring Queen Elizabeth II
    White House Calligraphy Office
    State Dinner
    State Visit
    menu
    This menu was created for a State Dinner hosted by President Gerald R. Ford and First Lady Betty Ford in honor of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on July 7, 1976. The State Dinner was held in the Rose Garden, under a large white tent that had a floor and carpet installed at the suggestion of the first lady. Guests dined on lobster en bellevue, saddle of veal, a garden salad, and peach ice cream bombe. Portions of the dinner were broad­cast live on television in the United States and Great Britain. The queen's visit to the United States occurred as part of the bicentennial celebration of the American Revolution. This menu is part of a personal collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. As executive chef from 1966-1987, Haller oversaw the menu for over 250 State Dinners at the White House.
  • Menu for State Dinner Honoring Indian Prime Minister
    White House Calligraphy Office
    State Dinner
    State Visit
    menu
    This menu was created for a State Dinner hosted by President Lyndon B. Johnson in honor of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of India on March 28, 1966. Approximately 142 guests enjoyed the dinner of turbot, pheasant breast, hearts of palm, and glacé, which was held in the State Dining Room. This menu is part of a personal collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. As executive chef from 1966-1987, Haller oversaw over 250 State Dinners at the White House. This was the first State Dinner that Haller prepared for a visiting dignitary at the White House.
  • Press Release for 1972 Blue Room Re-Opening (Page 1 of 13)
    Office of the First Lady of the United States
    document
    renovation
    refurbishment
    This press release regarding the press preview and reception marking the re-opening of the Blue Room on May 15, 1972, was sent by the Office of the First Lady, Pat Nixon, on May 12, 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. 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. This document is page 1 of 13 from a compilation of files from the Office of the First Lady of the United States pertaining to the press preview and reception. For the full document, please see 1123254.
  • Blue Room Press Preview Schedule Recipient List (Page 2 of 13)
    Office of the First Lady of the United States
    renovation
    refurbishment
    document
    guest list
    This document regarding the press preview for the re-opening of the Blue Room was sent by the Office of the First Lady of the United States on May 12, 1972, during the Richard M. Nixon administration. It lists the recipients who would receive a schedule of the press tour, including White House Social Secretary Lucy Winchester, White House Chief Usher Rex Scouten, White House Curator Clement E. Conger, and Constance ("Connie") Stuart, First Lady Pat Nixon's press secretary. During the renovation, the Blue Room was closed from February 19, 1972, to 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. 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. This document is page 2 of 13 from a compilation of files from the Office of the First Lady of the United States pertaining to the press preview and reception. For the full document, please see 1123254.
  • Blue Room Re-Opening, Press Preview Schedule (Page 3 of 13)
    Office of the First Lady of the United States
    document
    renovation
    refurbishment
    This document regarding the press preview for the re-opening of the Blue Room was sent by the Office of the First Lady of the United States on May 12, 1972, during the Richard M. Nixon administration. It lists the anticipated schedule for the press preview, including First Lady Pat Nixon's anticipated activities, during the event of 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. 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. This document is page 3 of 13 from a compilation of files from the Office of the First Lady of the United States pertaining to the press preview and reception. For the full document, please see 1123254. Please see 1123264 for the second page of the schedule.
  • Blue Room Re-Opening, Press Preview Schedule (Page 4 of 13)
    Office of the First Lady of the United States
    document
    renovation
    refurbishment
    This document regarding the press preview for the re-opening of the Blue Room was sent by the Office of the First Lady of the United States on May 12, 1972, during the Richard M. Nixon administration. It lists the conclusion of the anticipated schedule for the press preview, including First Lady Pat Nixon's anticipated activities, for the event of May 15, 1972. During the renovation, the Blue Room was closed from February 19, 1972, to 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. 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. This document is page 4 of 13 from a compilation of files from the Office of the First Lady of the United States pertaining to the press preview and reception. For the full document, please see 1123254. Please see 1123266 for the first page of the schedule.
  • Blue Room Re-Opening Press Release (Page 7 of 13)
    Office of the First Lady of the United States
    document
    renovation
    refurbishment
    This press release regarding the press preview and reception for the re-opening of the Blue Room was sent by the Office of the First Lady of the United States 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. This document is page 7 of 13 from a compilation of files from the Office of the First Lady of the United States pertaining to the press preview and reception. For the full document, please see 1123254.
  • Blue Room Renovation Project Donor List (Page 6 of 13)
    Office of the First Lady of the United States
    document
    renovation
    refurbishment
    This document regarding the press preview for the re-opening of the Blue Room was sent by the Office of the First Lady of the United States on May 12, 1972, during the Richard M. Nixon administration. It lists major donors for the Blue Room renovation project, who were photographed in designated rooms in the White House following the press preview in the Blue Room on May 15, 1972. Additional donors were listed on the previous page. During the renovation, the Blue Room was closed from February 19, 1972, to 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. 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. This document is page 6 of 13 from a compilation of files from the Office of the First Lady of the United States pertaining to the press preview and reception. For the full document, please see 1123254. Please see 1123255 for the first page of the donor list.
  • President Nixon's Blue Room Reception Schedule (Page 9 of 13)
    Deborah M. Sloan
    document
    renovation
    refurbishment
    This schedule for President Richard M. Nixon was prepared by Deborah M. Sloan, wife of staff assistant to the president Hugh Sloan, for the evening of May 15, 1972. It outlines President Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon's anticipated activities for a reception celebrating the re-opening of the Blue Room following a major renovation project. Please see 1123260 for the second page of the schedule. During the renovation, the Blue Room was closed from February 19, 1972, to 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. The Blue Room's renovation was part a of 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. This document is page 9 of 13 from a compilation of files from the Office of the First Lady of the United States pertaining to the press preview and reception. For the full document, please see 1123254.
  • President Nixon's Blue Room Reception Schedule (Page 10 of 13)
    Deborah M. Sloan
    document
    renovation
    refurbishment
    This schedule for President Richard M. Nixon was prepared by Deborah M. Sloan, wife of staff assistant to the president Hugh Sloan, for the evening of May 15, 1972. It outlines President Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon's anticipated activities for a reception celebrating the re-opening of the Blue Room following a major renovation project. Please see 1123261 for page one of the schedule. During the renovation, the Blue Room was closed from February 19, 1972, to 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. 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. This document is page 10 of 13 from a compilation of files from the Office of the First Lady of the United States pertaining to the press preview and reception. For the full document, please see 1123254.
  • Memo from Clement Conger to Pat Nixon (Page 8 of 13)
    Clement E. Conger
    document
    renovation
    refurbishment
    This document is a memorandum from White House Curator Clement E. Conger to First Lady Pat Nixon regarding attendees to the reception for the reopening of the Blue Room on May 15, 1972. Conger informed Mrs. Nixon that Odolph Blaylock, an accomplished master joiner who supervised the installation of woodwork in the Diplomatic Reception Rooms of the State Department and wife would attending. In addition, Herbert John Millard, a wood carver from Roswell, Georgia, who completed the new oval plaster design in the center of the ceiling of the Blue Room, would also be attending the evening reception. 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 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. This document is page 8 of 13 from a compilation of files from the Office of the First Lady of the United States pertaining to the press preview and reception. For the full document, please see 1123254.
  • Instructions for Social Aides, Blue Room Re-Opening (Page 13 of 13)
    Craig S. Campbell
    renovation
    refurbishment
    document
    military
    This document outlines instructions for White House social aides for a reception held on the evening of May 15, 1972, to celebrate the completion of a major renovation project for the Blue Room of the White House. White House social aides are active members of the military, responsible for assisting with events at the White House. The instructions were submitted by Commander Craig S. Campbell of the United States Navy. The document includes a list of social aides assigned to the event. During the renovation, the Blue Room was closed from February 19, 1972, to 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. 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. This document is page 13 of 13 from a compilation of files from the Office of the First Lady of the United States pertaining to the press preview and reception. For the full document, please see 1123254.
  • Blue Room Re-Opening Press Preview Schedule (Page 11 of 13)
    Office of the First Lady of the United States
    document
    renovation
    refurbishment
    This document lists the anticipated schedule for a press preview for the re-opening of the Blue Room on May 15, 1972 following a major renovation project. The schedule lists individuals present at the event and details First Lady Pat Nixon's expected activities. Please see 1123258 for the second page of the schedule. During the renovation, the Blue Room was closed from February 19, 1972, to 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. The Blue Room's renovation was part a of 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. This document is page 11 of 13 from a compilation of files from the Office of the First Lady of the United States pertaining to the press preview and reception. For the full document, please see 1123254.
  • Blue Room Re-Opening Press Preview Schedule (Page 12 of 13)
    Office of the First Lady of the United States
    document
    renovation
    refurbishment
    This document lists the anticipated schedule for a press preview for the re-opening of the Blue Room on May 15, 1972 following a major renovation project. The schedule details First Lady Pat Nixon's expected activities. Please see 1123257 for the first page of the her schedule. During the renovation, the Blue Room was closed from February 19, 1972, to 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. 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. This document is page 12 of 13 from a compilation of files from the Office of the First Lady of the United States pertaining to the press preview and reception. For the full document, please see 1123254.
  • Blue Room Renovation Project Donor List (Page 5 of 13)
    Office of the First Lady of the United States
    document
    renovation
    refurbishment
    This document regarding the press preview for the re-opening of the Blue Room was sent by the Office of the First Lady of the United States on May 12, 1972, during the Richard M. Nixon administration. It lists major donors for the Blue Room renovation project, who were photographed in designated rooms in the White House following the press preview in the Blue Room 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. During the renovation, the Blue Room was closed from February 19 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. This document is page 5 of 13 from a compilation of files from the Office of the First Lady of the United States pertaining to the press preview and reception. For the full document, please see 1123254. Please see 1123262 for the second page of the donor list.