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The Red Room in the Polk White House - Photo 2

The Red Room in the Polk White House - Photo 2

Artist
Benjamin Henry Latrobe
Date of Work
1807
Type
Architectural Sketch
Credit
Library of Congress

The Red Room in the Polk White House - Photo 2

This architectural sketch of the State Floor of the White House was drawn by Benjamin Henry Latrobe in 1807 but depicts the house as it was in 1803. The handwritten note at the top of the sketch states that "The surrounding ground was chiefly used for brickyards—it was enclosed with a rough post and nail fence." The note at the bottom of the sketch states, "During the short residence of President Adams at Washington, the wooden stairs and platform were the usual entrance to the house, and the present drawing room was a mere vestibule."

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