A TOUR OF THE LIBRARY & THE VERMEIL ROOM
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Today's post will be on two rooms described in "A Guide to the Public Rooms of the White House," although we do not believe they are part of the public tour we will be taking next week.
Today we will take a look at the LIBRARY and the VERMEIL ROOM.
Once a laundry and later an anteroom, this room became a library in 1935. The books on the shelves here were compiled in 1961 and updated in 2005. There are 2700 books in the library.
The room is lit by a c. 1800 painted wood chandelier which came from the home of James Fenimore Cooper of Cooperstown, New York.
The Vermeil Room has a large collection of gilded silver bequeathed to the White House in 1958. Selections of vermeil are on display in the room. The White House owns a 1575 piece collection.
Today, the Vermeil Room is used as a sitting room. On the wall is a portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy by Aaron Shikler.
"A Guide to the Public Rooms of the White House" states...
"From the Ground Floor Corridor rooms...to the State Floor rooms...the White House is both a museum of American history and the home of the President of the United States and his family. The White House is a place where history continues to unfold."
"A Guide to the Public Rooms of the White House," January 2009, Office of the Curator, The White House^
^JFK+50 offers a note of appreciation to Mr. David Bland for making available to us the copy of this booklet.