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Red Room During the Reagan Administration

Red Room During the Reagan Administration

Photographer
Joseph H. Bailey
Date of Work
April 1987
Credit
White House Historical Association

Red Room During the Reagan Administration

This photograph of the Red Room by Joseph H. Bailey of the National Geographic Service was taken in April 1987 during the Ronald Reagan administration. The Red Room is one of three state parlors on the State Floor of the Executive Mansion named after a color, with the designated red dating as far back as 1845 and the James K. Polk administration. The bust of President Martin Van Buren by Hiram Powers rests high between the two windows, surveying the room, and the portrait of his daughter-in-law Angelica Singleton Van Buren, who served as White House Hostess during his administration, is displayed over the fireplace. President Van Buren's presence is reflected also in the American "Empire" furnishings of the early 19th century, most of which were made in his home state of New York.

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