Last week my wife and I decided to take a trip out to Washington DC. She had never been there and I went there on a summer trip when I was in the seventh grade. She booked tickets to go to the White House by contacting our local congressman, Steve Chabot, several weeks in advance.
We arrived at the White House at 7:15 am and stood on the outside by a fence before our tour began at 7:30. The guards made us walk into a fenced corral only to make us leave ten minutes later. None of us knew what was going on until we saw the Secret Service walk down that corral with bomb sniffing dogs after we left. Once we passed that part of security, we had to go though three more security check points before we were ever allowed inside.
The first piece of furniture I saw was a china cabinet with a bunch of presidential plates inside. I whipped out my phone and took as many pictures of the furniture as I could. A lot of the rooms were roped off so I couldn’t get too many close up details of most of the furniture.
Here is the detail of the cabinet’s molding.
Here’s a shot of the hand cut dovetails on the drawer. What’s going on with that bottom dovetail? It looks like I cut that one.
Detail of the finial.
More details of the cabinet.
Nice round table with a piece of glass to protect the top.
Mahogany deck and chair inside one of the rooms.
A nice hall clock stood on top of a small set of stairs.
A closer look at the clocks face.
A nice drop leaf table with a piece of glass fitting over only one side of the drop leaf.
A mahogany chair sitting in the room with a closeup of the chair’s detail.
Another table with a piece of fitted glass to protect the top.
Inside the Red Room with a couple of chairs and what looks like a round game table which I doubt was unless you were playing Q-Bert.
This secretary desk was my favorite. This stood on the back-end of the Red Room.
A long dining table where President Trump holds dinners with guests. He was planning on having his birthday dinner here later that night.
Another side table outside the dining room. Notice the plastic on the bottom to protect the table’s claw feet from visitors.
Even the doors are made incredibly well with a beaded detail down the edge.
After we left the White House, the Secret Service rushed us across the street as they didn’t want anyone lallygagging around in the front. After our tour, we walked down the street to a Starbucks to get some coffee where we found out that while we were inside the White House, it was the same time that some goofball loser shot the Congressman in Alexandria, VA which was one of the reasons for the heightened security.
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It’s good that you got there before it was all covered in gold leaf 🙂