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

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McFarland, May 11, 2016 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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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 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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Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1
A Word About the Images
3
An Introduction
4
The Principal Players
11
II The West Wing
28
III The Ground Floor
64
Between pages 84 and 85 are 24 pages containing 39 color plates
84
IV The State Floor
85
VI The Third Floor
179
VII August 1974 and Afterwards
183
VIII Final Analysis
193
IX The Nixon Legacy at the White House
201
Appendices
203
Notes
233
Bibliography
247
Index
251

V The Second Floor
144

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Patrick Phillips-Schrock is a professor of French and history from Des Moines, Iowa.

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