The Indian Treaty Room. This two-story room has seen the signing of
internationl treaties, press conferences, and presidential ceremonies.
The bronze lamps in each corner represent War & Peace, Arts & Sciences,
Liberty, and Industry. (White House)
The Navy Department moved into the east wing in 1879, where elaborate
wall and ceiling stenciling and marqetry floors decorated the office of
the Secretary. The Indian Treaty Room, originally the Navy's library
and reception room, cost more per square foot than any other room in the
building because of its rich marble wall panels, 800-pound bronze
sconces, and gold leaf ornamentation. This room has been the scene of
many Presidential news conferences and continues to be used for
conferences and receptions attended by the President.
The Office of the Secretary of the Navy, 1904.
(U.S. Naval Institute)