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THE CHANGING WHITE HOUSE

From 1792 From 1817 From 1902 From 1952 1902-1952:
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1902
  • Architect Charles F. McKim begins plans for a White House renovation.

  • The first major renovation of the White House begins, as the mansion had become too crammed, especially for the boisterous and fun-loving Roosevelt family, which included six children.

  • Roller-skating parties, Chinese wrestling matches, and even a pony delivered to the living quarters to cheer up an ailing Roosevelt were part of the family's activities.

  • Theodore Roosevelt builds white house tennis court.

  • Conservatories and greenhouses are removed from the west lawn and long windowed galleries are built on the east and west sides of the main building.

  • The Tiffany screen is removed from the Entrance Hall and the State Dining Room is expanded.

  • The East Room is stripped of its 1873 decor and emerges in a classic style with white walls and parquet floors -- similar to the room as it appears today.
Roosevelt family in White house
Roosevelt family in White house
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First White House tennis court
First White House tennis court
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White House Historical Association

A modern view of the East Room

A modern view of the East Room
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1904
  • A special area, then called the "Presidential Collections Room" is designated to house china and other White House memorabilia donated by descendants of former First Families. Today, it is known as the China Room.
A modern view of the China Room
A modern view of the China Room
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White House Historical Association

Oval Office during the Clinton administration
1909
  • The Oval Office and Cabinet Room are added to the West Wing.

  • William Howard Taft purchases official automobiles for the White House and converts the stable into a garage.

 Oval Office during the Clinton administration
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