James Hoban designed this room as an oval at the request of President
Washington. Today, it is used as a reception room for foreign dignitaries.
During the holiday season, the chandelier is removed, and the White House
Christmas tree stands in the middle of the room.
Over the years, the Green Room has served as a card room, as a sitting
room, and, recently, as a parlor for small teas, receptions, and meetings. The
walls were covered with green silk during Thomas Jefferson's presidency.
The walls of the Red Room are covered in red satin. During James
Madison's presidency, his wife, Dolley, held musical gatherings in this room on
The State Dining Room can accommodate up to 140 guests. Originally, it
was much smaller and served as a drawing room, an office, and a Cabinet room.
President Theodore Roosevelt once hung a large moose head above the fireplace.
The East Room is the largest room in the White House. It has been used
for dances, receptions, concerts, weddings, funerals, church services, press
conferences, bill-signing ceremonies, and many other events. President Theodore
Roosevelt even held wrestling and boxing matches here.
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