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Restoring the Original White House Stone: Stone Swag

Restoring the Original White House Stone: Stone Swag

Photographer
Erik Kvalsvik
Date of Work
May 22, 1986
Medium
photo
Credit
White House Historical Association

Restoring the Original White House Stone: Stone Swag

This black and white photograph by Erik Kvalsvik shows the north entrance during a maintenance project. The North Door surround, carved in high relief around the window, is surmounted by a detailed swag carved into two giant stones, a total of twelve feet in length. The carving above the door includes roses and a stylized garland of American white oak leaves and acorns, a theme repeated in the transom, along with more conventional acanthus leaves, griffins, and classical flowers. The photograph was taken during Ronald Reagan's presidency (1981-1989).

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