South Portico porch
The newly renovated staircases leading to the South Portico porch of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, are seen during a media tour. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP)
(Originally posted on August 24, 2017)
After a few nips and tucks, the White House is making its big reveal.
A new batch of photos has been released illustrating 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue’s face-lift, which kicked into high gear earlier this summer when President Trump began a 17-day working vacation at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. The president returned to the White House on Sunday.
“The White House’s newly renovated Roosevelt Room looks incredible,” tweeted Cliff Sims, special assistant to the president.
All of the renovations were conducted by General Services Administration designers.
The White House’s rooms were gussied up, but a lot of the upgrades are not visible. These include overhauling the 27-year-old heating and air-conditioning system and upgrading the IT system.
The renovations are apparent from the moment one approaches the White House. The South Portico porch, for example, features newly renovated stairs. The sitting area in the Rose Garden also received a face-lift.
Inside, the Oval Office, the epicenter of the White House, was renovated with a more consistent-looking aesthetic, including new wallpaper.
The West Wing lobby was outfitted with new carpeting and paint. The new carpeting features a floral medallion inspired by the White House architecture and the Rose Garden.
Changes to the Roosevelt Room include swapping out the beige Obama-era carpet for one with a more detailed design. The flags have remained unchanged, as have the portrait of President Roosevelt, the landdcape painting and the sofa.
Leaks at the White House were also fixed — water leaks, that is — and the Navy mess kitchen and West Wing lower lobby were also renovated.
During the renovations, West Wing staffers who were not with Trump in New Jersey were temporarily relocated to an office building next to the White House.
Trump took to Twitter earlier this month to deny a golf.com report that while speaking with members at the Trump National Golf Club, he said the White House is a “dump.”
“I love the White House, one of the most beautiful buildings (homes) I have ever seen,” he tweeted. “But Fake News said I called it a dump – TOTALLY UNTRUE.” (GMA)