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The Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room

The Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room

The Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room Before Rennovation
The Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room Before Renovation

The largest of the rooms was redesigned architecturally in the classical manner by John Blatteau.

The largest of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms was named after the "Father of the American Foreign Service", Benjamin Franklin. It was redesigned architecturally in the classical manner by John Blatteau and was completed in 1985.

This monumental room has free-standing scagliola Corinthian columns along the room's long walls and engaged columns along the short walls. At far the end of the room hangs a portrait of Benjamin Franklin painted by David Martin in London (1767). Gilding has been used to heighten the effect of the decorative plaster ornament of the entablature and the coffered cove above the entablature. The Great Seal of the United States, sculpted in plaster and gilt, decorates the center of the ceiling, along with eight Adam-style cut-glass chandeliers.

The floor is covered with a Savonnerie-style carpet, made for the room with design elements including the Great Seal of the United States, symbols of the four important crops of the early Republic, the four seasons, and, in the field, 50 stars representing the States of the Union. This State Dining room is the primary room used to entertain both foreign and American guests.

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