Finding myself with still more time on my hands and access to air and hotel points, I’ve booked a trip to Washington, DC for next Thursday. It’s too short of notice to get a ticket to the WH tour, but that’s how my business trips to DC have been in the past too. I’ll knock around the town for a couple of days and plan a more comprehensive trip with WH tour for a few months from now.
Of course, I had tried to plan a trip with WH tour for sometime in June, but as I researched it, I came to think that I wouldn’t be able to get WH tickets. After talking to the local congressman’s office, I found that, with advance notice, a small group could be accommodated in a larger group that is already going.
Added several photos of the grounds courtesy of vistor Lafayette.
I’ve changed the front page for October to the old Family Dining Room around 1900. The gallery of past front pages is available as usual.
Portfolio Art Blog notes that the White House Acquisition Trust bought The Builders (Jacob Lawrence, 1947) for the Green Room for $2.5 mill. Who is WHAT? Wikipedia says its a fund for buying stuff for the WH and is worth $8.5 mill, or was until recently.
It’s kitchen day! Get your kitchen photos. And read all about the kitchens, courtesy of the WH Historical Association.
Poking around the WH website, I came across a photo of Barney on the south lawn next to what is described as a “drainage ditch.” I recognized this from the HABS collection as almost certainly the Andrew Jackson “milk trough” and felt superior for a moment before realizing that I have no idea what that is either.
Hmmm. What’s going on at the West Wing? Structural steel beam construction? Is the president adding on a rumpus room?