The White House

Its Historic Furnishings and First Families

Author: Betty C. Monkman,William G. Allman

Publisher: Abbeville Press

ISBN: 9780789211798

Category: Design

Page: 320

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Surveys a history of White House furnishings and the changing tastes of the first families.
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The Nixon White House Redecoration and Acquisition Program

An Illustrated History

Author: Patrick Phillips-Schrock

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476662045

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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A positive legacy of the troubled Nixon administration--and one virtually unknown to the American public--is the extensive acquisition of valuable art and antiques for the White House and the redecoration of the executive mansion by Pat Nixon. With the help of an aggressive curator, Clement Conger, and a talented interior designer, Edward Vason Jones, the First Lady quietly erased much of the historic decor of Jacqueline Kennedy's Camelot and introduced an academic look to the State Rooms which endures to this day. Nixon marked his presidential territory with a complete renovation of the West Wing--a harbinger of the First Lady's plans. They implemented a massive fundraising campaign to bankroll the refurbishment, which resulted in one of the foremost collections of art, art objects, furniture, paintings and sculpture in America. This book presents the never before told story of the Nixons' remodeling of the White House, motivated by the approaching American Bicentennial and a desire to restore respect to the presidency through the arts.
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The White House

An Illustrated Architectural History

Author: Patrick Phillips-Schrock

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786493305

Category: History

Page: 224

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Formerly known as the President’s House, then the Executive Mansion, and now for a long time the White House, this famous structure has a fascinating architectural history of ongoing change. The white painted façade of James Hoban’s original structure has been added to and strengthened for more than 200 years, and its interior is a repository of some of America’s greatest treasures. Artists such as Benjamin Latrobe, Pierre-Antoine Bellangé, the Herter Brothers, Louis Tiffany, Charles McKim, Lorenzo Winslow, Stephane Boudin, Edward Vason Jones, and a host of others fashioned interiors that welcomed and inspired visitors both foreign and domestic. This meticulous history, featuring more than 325 photographs, diagrams and other illustrations, captures each stage of the White House’s architectural and decorative evolution.
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White House Studies Compendium

Author: Robert W. Watson

Publisher: Nova Publishers

ISBN: 9781600215216

Category: History

Page: 528

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The American presidency has become one of the most powerful offices in the world with the ascendancy of American power in the 20th century. This book brings together piercing analyses of the American presidency -- dealing with both current issues and historical events. The compendia are the bound issues of 'White House Studies' with the addition of a comprehensive subject index as well as rearranged.
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The White House

Actors and Observers

Author: White House Historical Association

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 9781555535476

Category: History

Page: 214

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A stunning collection of essays and illustrations offers readers a colorful retrospective of the people who have occupied the presidential mansion since 1800. (History)
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The Hidden White House

Harry Truman and the Reconstruction of America’s Most Famous Residence

Author: Robert Klara

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1250022932

Category: History

Page: 384

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Now including an excerpt from THE DEVIL'S MERCEDES: The Bizarre and Disturbing Adventures of Hitler's Limousine in America by Robert Klara. Coming March 2017. Critically acclaimed author Robert Klara leads readers through an unmatched tale of political ambition and technical skill: the Truman administration's controversial rebuilding of the White House. In 1948, President Harry Truman, enjoying a bath on the White House's second floor, almost plunged through the ceiling of the Blue Room into a tea party for the Daughters of the American Revolution. A handpicked team of the country's top architects conducted a secret inspection of the troubled mansion and, after discovering it was in imminent danger of collapse, insisted that the First Family be evicted immediately. What followed would be the most historically significant and politically complex home-improvement job in American history. While the Trumans camped across the street at Blair House, Congress debated whether to bulldoze the White House completely, and the Soviets exploded their first atomic bomb, starting the Cold War. Indefatigable researcher Robert Klara reveals what has, until now, been little understood about this episode: America's most famous historic home was basically demolished, giving birth to today's White House. Leaving only the mansion's facade untouched, workmen gutted everything within, replacing it with a steel frame and a complex labyrinth deep below ground that soon came to include a top-secret nuclear fallout shelter, The story of Truman's rebuilding of the White House is a snapshot of postwar America and its first Cold War leader, undertaking a job that changed the centerpiece of the country's national heritage. The job was by no means perfect, but it was remarkable—and, until now, all but forgotten.
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The Living White House

Author: Betty C. Monkman

Publisher: White House Historical Assn

ISBN: 9780912308975

Category: History

Page: 224

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"Presents more than 200 years of the history of life in the White House with hundreds of pictures of past and present first families, children and pets; workers and daily routines; State occasions and public celebrations."
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