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A Tour of the House
The Blue Room
James Hoban designed this room as an oval at the request of President
Washington. Today, it is used as a reception room for foreign
dignitaries. During the holiday season, the chandelier is removed, and
the White House Christmas tree stands in the middle of the room.
The Green Room
Over the years, the Green Room has served as a card room, as a sitting
room, and, recently, as a parlor for small teas, receptions, and
meetings. The walls were covered with green silk during Thomas
The Red Room
The walls of the Red Room are covered in red satin. During James
Madison's presidency, his wife, Dolley, held musical gatherings in this
room on Sunday evenings.
The State Dining Room
The State Dining Room can accommodate up to 140 guests. Originally, it
was much smaller and served as a drawing room, an office, and a Cabinet
room. President Theodore Roosevelt once hung a large moose head above
The East Room
The East Room is the largest room in the White House. It has been used
for dances, receptions, concerts, weddings, funerals, church services,
press conferences, bill-signing ceremonies, and many other events.
President Theodore Roosevelt even held wrestling and boxing matches here.