INSIDE THE OFFICE
By Wednesday, the nation will have a newly-elected leader whom on Jan. 20 will take the oath of office to lead the nation from the White House. The recently remodeled Nixon Presidential Library & Museum offers an exact replica of the Oval Office.
NIXON'S OVAL OFFICE
Richard M. Nixon occupied the Oval Office from Jan. 20, 1969, when he was sworn in, until Aug. 9, 1974, when he resigned. Newly elected presidents decorate the office to suit their personal tastes, choosing furniture and draperies and designing their own oval-shaped carpets.
1 The carpet was designed by first lady Pat Nixon, who chose California blue and gold.
2 The presidential seal was 2 displayed on the carpet for the first time.
3 Visitors can sit at a replica of Nixon’s desk, open the drawers and pick up the phone and listen to several conversations.
4 Artwork is selected from the White House’s own collection or borrowed from museums. Nixon’s Oval Office displayed the photograph “Earthrise,” taken by Apollo 11.
5 A painting of George Washington, which was hung by the northeast door, was one of three paintings of Washington that Nixon rotated.
6 Flags of the military branches
7 Presidential flag
8 U.S. flag
9 East door opens to the Rose Garden.
10 West door leads to a private study and dining room.
11 Northwest door opens onto the main corridor of the West Wing.
12 Northwest door opens to the office of the president’s secretary.