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The Gallery

The Gallery

The Gallery Before Rennovation
The Gallery Before Renovation

Architect Edward Vason Jones created new designs in the Palladian tradition of Thomas Jefferson's time.

Started in 1965 by architect Edward Vason Jones, the Gallery was the first project in the renovation of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms. The design for the room incorporates at each end Palladian windows inspired by Philadelphia houses of Thomas Jefferson's time, specifically Mount Pleasant and Cliveden.

This room serves as a gallery for portraits, landscape paintings, and American Queen Anne and Chippendale furniture with emphasis on blockfront furniture by John Townsend and John Goddard of Newport, Rhode Island. A Baktiari rug, c. 1910, and a rug from northwest Persia, c. 1900, are two of the floor coverings. The cut-glass chandelier is a fine English example of the Rococo style, c. 1770.

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