Green Room (White House)

Green Room (White House)

Green Room (White House)

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The Green Room is one of three state parlors on the first floor in the White House, the home of the President of the United States. It is used for small receptions and teas. During a state dinner guests are served cocktails in the three state parlors before the president, first lady, and visiting head of state descend the Grand Staircase for dinner. The room is traditionally decorated in shades of green.

The room is approximately 28 feet by 22.5 feet. It has six doors, which open into the Cross Hall, East Room, South Portico, and Blue Room.


Descriptions of the Green Room's furnishings before the 1814 fire are limited. Following the 1816 rebuilding inventories suggest the room initially contained French Empire items bought by President James Madison. Throughout most of the 19th century the room was decorated in a series of revival styles. In 1902 a major renovation, guided by historical research, was implemented by the architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White. Layers of complex Victorian ornamentation were replaced by a style called Colonial Revival which was more similar to how the house was initially furnished. Heavily patterned floral wall covering was replaced by a simple green silk velvet. The c. 1852 Renaissance Revival mantel was replaced by a French Empire mantel purchased by President Monroe in 1819. A suite of reproduction French Directoire upholstered chairs and white painted caned reproduction English Regency furniture replaced a suite of...
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