Frank adding the finishing touches on a Christmas table candelabra arrangement in The State Dining Room. Carter Administration
The State Dining Room is the larger of two dining rooms on the State Floor of the White House. It is used for receptions, luncheons, and larger formal dinners called state dinners for visiting heads of state on state visits. The room seats 140 guests. The room measures approximately 48 feet by 36 feet. It has six doors leading to a butler's pantry, the Family Dining Room, Cross Hall, Red Room and the West Terrace. During the Andrew Jackson administration the room came to be formally called the "State Dining Room. I enjoyed decorating this room very much so. I remember in the early days of decorating the White House that I would hope my assignment in that room would be a long one, because there was no other place I would have want to be in. The beautiful chandeliers, the candelabras, just a very elegant place to dine at. George Healy's 1869 portrait of Abraham Lincoln has occupied a place of honor over the fireplace for many years.
State Dining Room at The White House
Frank inspecting the candelabra display with the center filled with ivy greenery and other fresh cut holiday foliages. He was viewing his workmanship at eye level sitting down at the State Dining Room table. Carter Administration
Frank decorating the mantle in the State Dining Room at The White House during the Carter Administration. Photograph was damaged by water marks while in storage.
Frank decorating a mantle in the State Dining Room under the Portrait of President Lincoln. Ford Administration
the painting of President Lincoln over the mantle in the State Dining Room, painted in 1869 by George P.A. Healy. This was my favorite portrait painting in the White House. For twelve years, the first thing I would do while decorating on the main floor is to visit this great painting of my favorite president.
"I cannot recall a more beautiful house, then where I am at this moment in time. I shall cherish these days until my death." Frank's statement to a newspaper reporter from The Long Island Newsday. Christmas Season of 1975. Ford Administration.
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