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A positive legacy of the troubled Nixon administration--and one virtually unknown to the American public--is the extensive acquisition of valuable art and antiques for the White House and the redecoration of the executive mansion by Pat Nixon. With the help of an aggressive curator, Clement Conger, and a talented interior designer, Edward Vason Jones, the First Lady quietl A positive legacy of the troubled Nixon administration--and one virtually unknown to the American public--is the extensive acquisition of valuable art and antiques for the White House and the redecoration of the executive mansion by Pat Nixon. With the help of an aggressive curator, Clement Conger, and a talented interior designer, Edward Vason Jones, the First Lady quietly erased much of the historic decor of Jacqueline Kennedy's Camelot and introduced an academic look to the State Rooms which endures to this day. Nixon marked his presidential territory with a complete renovation of the West Wing--a harbinger of the First Lady's plans. They implemented a massive fundraising campaign to bankroll the refurbishment, which resulted in one of the foremost collections of art, art objects, furniture, paintings and sculpture in America. This book presents the never before told story of the Nixons' remodeling of the White House, motivated by the approaching American Bicentennial and a desire to restore respect to the presidency through the arts.


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A positive legacy of the troubled Nixon administration--and one virtually unknown to the American public--is the extensive acquisition of valuable art and antiques for the White House and the redecoration of the executive mansion by Pat Nixon. With the help of an aggressive curator, Clement Conger, and a talented interior designer, Edward Vason Jones, the First Lady quietl A positive legacy of the troubled Nixon administration--and one virtually unknown to the American public--is the extensive acquisition of valuable art and antiques for the White House and the redecoration of the executive mansion by Pat Nixon. With the help of an aggressive curator, Clement Conger, and a talented interior designer, Edward Vason Jones, the First Lady quietly erased much of the historic decor of Jacqueline Kennedy's Camelot and introduced an academic look to the State Rooms which endures to this day. Nixon marked his presidential territory with a complete renovation of the West Wing--a harbinger of the First Lady's plans. They implemented a massive fundraising campaign to bankroll the refurbishment, which resulted in one of the foremost collections of art, art objects, furniture, paintings and sculpture in America. This book presents the never before told story of the Nixons' remodeling of the White House, motivated by the approaching American Bicentennial and a desire to restore respect to the presidency through the arts.

33 review for The Nixon White House Redecoration and Acquisition Program: An Illustrated History

  1. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    First let me start by saying that I do not have an understanding in architecture or interior design. When I requested this book from the early reviewers group it was purely a result of my interest in First Ladies. I am happy to say that even without a prior understanding of the topic I still found this book interesting and enjoyable. Mrs. Kennedy's renovation and redecoration of the White House has been thoroughly covered but Mrs. Nixon' s efforts have not. The author provides a detailed descrip First let me start by saying that I do not have an understanding in architecture or interior design. When I requested this book from the early reviewers group it was purely a result of my interest in First Ladies. I am happy to say that even without a prior understanding of the topic I still found this book interesting and enjoyable. Mrs. Kennedy's renovation and redecoration of the White House has been thoroughly covered but Mrs. Nixon' s efforts have not. The author provides a detailed description on the changes that there made in each room. I greatly enjoyed being able to compare the two interpretations by looking at color pictures of the same room after each redecoration. As I was reading I actually found myself wishing there were more color pictures beside the ones in the middle of the book. The author includes many black and white graphics throughout the book but the color created a clearer picture for a novice like me. The struggle for the author to acquire photographs is beyond his control but it is one aspect I wish could have been improved .One criticism I had was that many times the explanation under a pictures was the exact text from the passage. For me it seemed redundant to read the same paragraph, in some cases, two times. Do not let the title lead you to believe that this book is only for people who are interested in interior design, this book also gives the reader a glimpse into how the culture of the White House changes from one administration to the next.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    It's about time Pat Nixon received acknowledgement for all she accomplished with the White House redecorating after the Kennedys. I hope more works are published in the future about this often overlooked first lady.

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