1911 summer White House design

Tonight, Secret America aired on the Discovery Channel, and one portion of it concerned the White House. At one point, a Library of Congress curator shows a detailed drawing of a castle-like design for a summer White House in the Rocky Mountains. This is something I don’t think I’ve ever seen before; and it doesn’t appear to be available on the LOC website.

Does anyone know more about it?

New photos and Nancy Reagan

The White House has released a number of new photos taken in the West Wing. Here are an interesting couple of photos of the president chatting with Congressional leaders on the patio outside the Chief of Staff Office, a site rarely seen. Also, a really good one of the ceiling medallion in the Oval Office. And here is one looking thru the passage between the Blue Room and the Green Room that really shows the paneled storage doors.

And cheers to Nancy Reagan (shown here on left) on the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth.

The television president

I added a few photos from Life‘s spread on Robert Montgomery at the White House in 1953-54. I already had a few from another version of the photo set on the page where the Broadcast Room once was. Montgomery was a popular actor and television presenter in the 1950s, active in Republican politics, who helped Eisenhower become the first president to regularly and professionally appear on television (a medium Ike loved).

I also came across an interesting article from TV Guide in 1954 on Mongomery’s consultation.

UPDATE: And speaking of television, I just added a review of the White House depicted in the 1999 movie Wild Wild West to the movies and TV page.

More 1960s

I’ve added a few more photos of Lady Bird Johnson in the family quarters from the Life photo shoot in 1964. I had some already, but it’s such a rich and illustrative “visot” with the first lady, that I decided to add more.

Blog change

I’ve modified the blog settings to accept comments with 1 or 2 external links automatically (rather than just 1), so fewer comments get hung up for moderation.

NBC “Inside the Obama White House”

Colton and others note that NBC is showing “Inside the Obama White House” on Tuesday and Wednesday this week at 9 PM Eastern. Brian Williams: “We will show aspects of life in the White House — the Obama White House — that no one on the outside has ever seen before.” We’ll be the judge of that, Brian. From the preview videos, he seems to regard Bo as a “get.”

Also from the preview, we do see the Palm Room, Chief of Staff Office, and parts of the East Wing. Here’s hoping we see the master bedroom and bath, girls’ bedrooms, and a brief tour of the basement and West Wing ground floor. If only these people would consult us beforehand….