Friday, March 24, 2017


JFK+50:  Volume 7, No. 2257


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) JFK+50 took our anxiously-awaited self-guided tour* of the White House yesterday morning, March 23, 2017.  After touring the East Room as we described in yesterday's post, we strolled through the Green, Blue and Red Rooms.

According to the 1962 White House tour guide, "The Green Room represents the graceful and delicate American Federal style."  Mrs. Kennedy's emerald and gold wallpaper was reinstalled with the renovation of 1971.  This room has six doors which open to the Cross Hall, East Room, South Portico and Blue Room.

The marble top center table, which is in the Blue Room today, has been in the White House since 1817.  A portrait of President John Tyler by George P.A. Healy (1859) hangs above the Monroe sofa.

On the fireplace mantel of the Blue Room sits the Minerva clock ordered especially for the room by President James Monroe.   The view out the center window of the room is one of the most beautiful in the city.  You can see the South Lawn, the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial.

A Gueridon with fine inlay and bronze caryatid heads with marble top is located in the Red Room.  It was made by French-American cabinet maker Charles Honore Lannuier.  Mrs. John F. Kennedy proudly pointed out this piece to viewers of her Tour of the White House in February 1962.

On the fireplace mantel is an 18th century French musical clock presented to the White House in 1952 by Vincent Aurioly, President of France. 

*Tours are arranged through your congressman's office well in advance.  You receive email confirmation of your acceptance for the tour only a couple of weeks before the actual date.  While the estimated time of the tour is 45 minutes, it took us two hours from the time we arrived until the time we left.


"The White House, An Historic Guide," White House Historical Association, Washington, D.C., 1962.

White House Tours Boarding Pass,

The Green Room
March 23, 2017
Photo by John White

Minerva Clock
The Blue Room
March 23, 2017
Photo by John White

View Looking South
From the Blue Room
March 23, 2017
Photo by John White

Lannuier Table
The Red Room
March 23, 2017
Photo by John White