Designing Camelot: the Kennedy White House restoration

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"The most elegant period of American history that falls within my lifetime is the Kennedy administration of the early 1960's. I still remember the black and white television images of the First Lady proudly showing the nation her redecorated White House interiors. Jacqueline Kennedy brought both a sense of history and a level of artistic excellence to the redecorated interior. The project became a catalyst for a much broader public awareness and appreciation for American art and antiques. As Time magazine expressed it over thirty years ago, the Kennedy restoration stimulated 'a new pride in the nation's artistic heritage". -- Charles T. Lyle Executive Director, Boscobel Restoration, Inc. From the Foreword, A Frenchman in CamelotThis exquisite, four-color book documents the extensive restoration of The White House under the Kennedy administration. It examines the physical transformation of America's premier residence from "home of the President" to "house-museum".Designing Camelot illustrates the rich interior space, while at the same time exploring the Kennedy restoration as an extension of the Kennedy/Camelot legacy. Individual chapters examine The White House room by room, showing the progression of changes made by Jacqueline Kennedy and her advisors.Kennedy enthusiasts, interior designers, architects, collectors, history buffs, preservationists, and White House watchers alike will covet Designing Camelot: The Kennedy White House Restoration.

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This illuminating study documents the transformation of the White House from the home of the U.S. presidents to a notable house museum occupied by successive presidents of the United States. This ... Read full review


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