After living in Washington, DC for four years, I finally took a tour of the White House. It was perfect timing too because the government finally lifted the photo and camera ban on public tours. Getting a tour is no easy task either. First, you have a contact your respective Congressman to request a tour. Then you’re subject to an extensive background check which takes up to six weeks. Once the background check is approved, you will receive your pass with the date and time of your tour. The passes are typically given out a few days before your scheduled tour. Be prepared to rearrange everything on your calendar that day!
My self-guided tour was on a Saturday morning. No bags are allowed inside, not even purses. I arrived with my umbrella (it rained that day), government I.D., keys and cell phone. Unfortunately, I don’t have a high-end camera so I was stuck taking photos on iPhone. I apologize in advance for the crappy picture quality. I seriously took over 50 pictures. In fact, I had to delete old pictures because I ran out to storage towards the end. (Thanks, Apple!) There was so much to see and I didn’t want to miss any details. Each room was adorned with antique furnishings, rich colors, silk wallpaper, brass decor, vintage art, and the most beautiful chandeliers that I have ever seen. Oh, and the architecture reminded me of everything I studied in my history of interiors classes in school.
The Green Room
Here’s a massive gallery wall inside the Green Room. This was by far my favorite room in the house.
This was the one of the first ones we saw on the tour. I don’t recall the name but it looked like a ballroom to me.
I was in love with the fresh flowers in each room. Here’s a look inside the Red Room.
The State Dining Room was recently remodeled by Michelle Obama. This space had a nice modern look compared to some of the other rooms.
The Family Dining Room
A final picture of the architecture.