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Vintage Washington DC - East Room, The White House

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Antique postcard 
Circa 1907
Postmark Washington, D.C. 
A.C. Bosselman Co., publishers

EAST ROOM OF THE WHITE HOUSE 
Washington, D.C.

United States of America 

The East Room is the largest public room in the Executive Mansion; it is used for dances, receptions, press conferences, ceremonies, concerts, and banquets. The East Room was one of the last rooms to be finished and decorated, and it has undergone substantial redecoration over the past two hundred years. 
The US President living there at the time this card was sent was Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt.HAV - Theodore Roosevelt 
Roosevelt's administration oversaw a large renovation and refurbishment to the White House. The President hired the architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White to renovate the East Room in a robust Beaux Arts style. McKim, Meade & White also commissioned furnishings more in line with their Louis XVI style salon de famille style: Heavy velvet gold drapes, carved and gilded window toppings, gilded mirror frames, gilded Louis XVI Revival style console tables and upholstered benches.

Some of the pre-1902 furniture in the East Room was relocated either to the basement offices or to the family quarters. Several of the immense mirrors, the pre-1902 mantels, and additional furniture were sold at auction, however—the last time any White House furnishings were sold at auction.

Kiss of the Oceans: Meeting of Atlantic + Pacific by Yesterdays-Paper From this room in 1907 Roosevelt publicly announced the appointment of Col. G.W.Goethals as chief engineer of the Panama Canal. This room has been the stage for a multitude other history-making events too: Lots of handshaking photo-ops, treaty signings, swearing-in ceremonies, even weddings and funerals.



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