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The Red Room in the Polk White House - Photo 1

The Red Room in the Polk White House - Photo 1

Photographer
Bruce M. White
Date of Work
2010
Credit
White House Historical Association

The Red Room in the Polk White House - Photo 1

This photograph of the Red Room by Bruce M. White was taken in 2010 during the Barack Obama 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 1830s American "Empire" and "Grecian" furnishings, most of which were made in his home state of New York.

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