Restoration and Preservation Projects

The Office of Administration Preservation Office (OAPO) acts as curator for the Old Executive Office Building (OEOB). The OEOB collection includes more than 70 fine furnishings on loan from other institutions and individuals, as well as several unique items directly associated with the building, such as fireplace screens from the 1880s and artifacts like Cold War-era civil defense boxes and papers for the building from the 1960s.


Photo by: Office of Administration, 1992

During July 1992, a set of 1880's War Department documents was discovered during the OEOB roof replacement and restoration project.



Photo by: Office of Administration, 1993

An old gin bottle was found during the summer of 1993, at the 17th & G Street entrance during masonary repairs.




Photo by: White House,

The Office of Administration oversaw the General Services Administration's restoration of Room 274, the ceremonial Office of the Vice President, and continues to oversee the care of its furnishings. This room was formerly occupied by the Secretary of the Navy and General John Pershing. In 1961, Room 274 became the office for the Vice President. Former President George Bush, when serving as Vice President, was the first to use the restored ceremonial office.

Photo by: Office of the Vice President, 1996

The restoration of the Office of the Vice President, Room 274, entailed recreating through original stencilling methods, the beautiful decor that dated to 1879.


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