New look

Freshened the look of the site for 2008 with a different color scheme and border. You may need to refresh some pages to see the changes.

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11 thoughts on “New look

  1. Yes, the buttons now have a shiny finish. And the background texture and border are changed.

    I spent all of about twelve minutes on this, so it’s not like I’ve invested a lot in it.

  2. I like the look, and seeing Harry and family there.
    OOH!! Shiny buttons!! Me likes.
    Gosh it must be nice to invest 12 minutes and produce something like that.
    I’m green with envy. 🙂

  3. I like the new look and enjoy this website tremendously. I’ve shared this link with many friends who take an interest in American history, in particular that of the U.S. presidency.

    I do have a question that I’ve been wanting to ask. In the East Room, four of the windows on the east wall are covered with fireplaces. My question is, from the outside, these windows look functional, how were they able to cover these windows from the inside and still make them look functional from the outside? I noticed in one photo on another website when they featured the detail on an East Room fireplace, I detected what appeared to be daylight coming from inside the fireplace.

  4. From the outside, the east wall windows appear to have inside shutters. They are in no way functional. I’m not even sure if they can be accessed from the inside, but perhaps one can slip in behind the paneling somewhere…

  5. Too bad that in all those renovations of the WH we’re still stuck with the absurdity of covering over windows by simply–well, covering them. The next step, placing plywood over the exterior side of the panes, would not be much of a step down.
    There’s no reason for covering the East Room or State Dining Room windows. It seems to me that preserving the history of the structure includes maintaining the fenestration as it was intended.
    File this in the same place one would file questions about WH doors that open on lath & plaster or have a corresponding door of totally different dimensions on the other side of the wall (i.e., beauty parlor to Private Dining Room). Get the "Extreme Home Makeover" team. Now!

  6. I feel better just knowing that you cared enough to do this! Like Mies van der Rohe said: “God is in the details!”

    : )

  7. The covered east wall windows have been covered for most of the life of the White House as there have always been fireplaces on the East Wall.

  8. I think the fireplaces were added to the east side of the East Room during reconstruction after the fire of 1814. Hoban’s original plans show windows on the east wall and no fireplaces.

  9. I think the fireplaces were added to the east side of the East Room during reconstruction after the fire of 1814. Hoban’s original plans show windows on the east wall and no fireplaces.

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