Posted by: Memo | November 14, 2008

The White House Library

USSR President Gorbachev with Ronald Reagan in 1987 (Reagan Library)

USSR President Gorbachev with Ronald Reagan in 1987

Now that President-elect Barack Obama & family will be moving to the White House, I have a feeling they’ll be changing a few things around the house, and that includes the Library. Get a pictorial history of the White House Library at the White House Museum:

The Library is furnished in the style of the late Federal period (1800-1820) with most of the pieces attributed to the New York cabinetmaker Duncan Phyfe. It is less formal than the rooms of the State Floor and is often used for teas and meetings. The soft gray and rose tones of the paneling are complemented by a Tabriz carpet of the mid-19th century. The gilded wood chandelier with a painted red band was made about 1800 and belonged to the family of James Fenimore Cooper, author of The Last of the Mohicans and other classics.

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