State Dining Room History

The State Dining Room, circa 1996 (Clinton Library)

The State Dining Room, circa 1997 (Lura)

The State Dining Room in 1992, looking northeast (HABS)

The State Dining Room in 1992, looking northwest (HABS)

The State Dining Room around 1991, looking southwest (White House Historical Association)

A state dinner in 1985, looking northwest (Reagan Library)

The room in 1977 (White House Historical Association)

The Carters hosting a dinner in 1977;
note the restored mantel (NARA - Carter Library)

Lyndon Johnson at a dinner for Haile Selassie in 1967 (Johnson Library)

The room during a dinner in 1962 (Life)

The room after the Kennedy renovation in 1962;
note the copy of the McKim mantel (done in marble instead of gray stone) (Kennedy Library)

The room just before the new rug, around 1961 (Corbis)

The room just before the new rug, around 1961 (Corbis)

The room readied for the dinner in honor of Prince and Princess Radziwiłł in 1961 (Kennedy Library - Robert Knudsen)

The room readied for the dinner in honor of Prince and Princess Radziwiłł in 1961 (Kennedy Library - Robert Knudsen)

The Eisenhowers holding Christmas dinner in 1960 (Eisenhower Library)

The Eisenhower State Dining Room, circa 1960 (Eisenhower Library (National Geographic) | T Abercrombie & J Fletcher)

Flowers in the State Dining Room in 1958 (Life)

Skeletons and Jack-o'-lanterns for Halloween in the State Dining Room in 1954 (Eisenhower Library)

The State Dining Room in 1954, looking northwest (Truman Library - Abbie Rowe)

The State Dining Room in 1952, looking southwest;
note the green marble mantel (Truman Library - Report of the CREM)

State Dining Room, circa 1948, before the Truman reconstruction (Library of Congress - Theodor Horydczak)

State Dining Room, circa 1948, before the Truman reconstruction (Library of Congress)

The State Dining Room fireplace in 1948, with 1902 mantel, before reconstruction (Truman Library - Abbie Rowe)

Eleanor Roosevelt in the State Dining Room with high school students in 1942;
at the time, the White House was being prepared for air raids (Library of Congress)

State Dining Room in 1940, looking southwest (Getty Images - Dmitri Kessel

William Howard Taft's State Dining Room, still with moose head, circa 1910 (Library of Congress)

Hand-tinted photo of Theodore Roosevelt's State Dining Room, complete with moose head, circa 1904 (Library of Congress - Frances Benjamin Johnston)

State Dining Room, circa 1904 (Library of Congress - Harris & Ewing)

Detail of part of Theodore Roosevelt's mounted menagerie, circa 1904 (Library of Congress - Frances Benjamin Johnston)

North wall of Theodore Roosevelt's State Dining Room, after the expansion, circa 1904 (Library of Congress - Frances Benjamin Johnston)

Grover Cleveland's State Dining Room in 1890, looking northwest (Library of Congress - Frances Benjamin Johnston)

The old west staircase before the remodeling under Theodore Roosevelt, looking west, circa 1890

The old west staircase before the remodeling under Theodore Roosevelt, looking west, circa 1890

Illustration of a state dinner in 1888 (New York Public Library)

The State Dining Room around 1880 (New York Public Library)

The State Dining Room in 1873

Hand-tinted photo of the State Dining Room [same photo as above] (New York Public Library)

The State Dining Room around 1867; note the windows blocked up (New York Public Library)

The James Polk Cabinet in the old State Dining Room around 1843;
this is the first known photograph of a president's Cabinet (Secretary of State and future President James Buchanan is absent)
and the first known photograph taken inside the White House (Library of Congress)