White House Floral Arrangement
By Ruth Anne Kettler
- The State Dining room seats as many as 140 people
- It was originally much smaller and served at various times as a drawing room, office, and Cabinet room
- Not until the Andrew Jackson administration was it called the "State Dining Room," although it had been used for formal dinners by previous presidents.
- President Chester Arthur commissioned designer Louis Tiffany to redecorate the State Dining Room in 1882.
- During the 1902 renovation, President Theodore Roosevelt greatly enlarged the State Dining Room. He mounted a large moose head above the fireplace, and placed other game trophies on the natural oak panels
- In the final year of World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered John Adams's famous blessing carved on the stone fireplace of the State Dining Room where it can be seen today.
- Today, the State Dining Room serves as a banquet hall and ceremonial chamber for all manner of official events. It is the center of White House hospitality.
State Dining Room, c. 1890.
State Dining Room during the Roosevelt administration, 1902.
Adams's blessing was carved into the State Dining Room mantel in 1945.
- European influence from the Renaissance Era
- During this time period, arrangements were large with bright colored flowers.