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Friday, March 8, 2013

Reception Rooms in he White House

Two more days until 5-8 trip to D.C! We are so excited. Each person in our class has to do a report on one of the places that we are going to visit. For the report that I'm doing are the rooms of the White House. i don't know a lot, but here are some things I know about the rooms.

There are exactly 412 rooms, 147 windows, 132 rooms, 28 fireplaces, 7 staircases, and the whole building is 6 stories high. Wow! Wouldn't it be great to live in the White House?

Lets start off this report with the Entrance Hall. The Entrance Hall was also known as the "Grand Foyer". This room hold some of the famous artifacts brought from the Lewis and Clarke exhibition. There is a grand staircase at the end of the hall that leads from the State Floor to the Second Floor. The back of the Entrance Hall leads to the Cross Hall. The Cross Hall is a long corridor that leads from the Entrance Hall to the State Dining Room. Now lets go South, to one of the oval reception rooms.

The Blue Room is one the reception rooms. the presidents use this room as a "formal" reception room. They mainly use these rooms to receive guests. But this room is for formal guests. Before, this room was known as the "Diplomatic Reception Room". After a big refurbishment of this room, as in a different coat of paint for the walls, different furnishing, etc., it became the "Blue Room".

The Green Room is no different in use as the Blue Room. The green Room was the place where the president made his first reception. Some time before, the Green Room was used as a "Lodging Room" by one of the presidents. Through 18265-1829, it was known as the "Green Drawing Room". It was intended to be the"Common Dining Room" by James Hoban, for only the president and his family, but since the fire, they made a refurbishment of the room. They based the furniture on the early 19th century style. Through the years, they made the style of the room more modern, but it is still based on the early 19th century.

Another reception room is the Red Room. It has been known as the"Red Room" since 1845. The Red Room used to be the "Presidents Anti-Chamber" when Pres. Thomas Jefferson stayed at the White House. Now, the president uses it as a "private parlor" for having friends over and other visitors who are going to talk about business. Sometimes, this room is for socializing with some of the presidents friends, and introduce his friends to the White House.

There are way more rooms in the White House, but this blog had to just introduce the reader to the reception rooms. There will be more info after the trip. Our class will be visiting all the important places in Washington D.C., including Williamsburg and Jamestown. The only place we won't be visiting will be the White House. There will still be a lot of facts about the White House without going inside.

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