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Here’s how the renovated White House looks. PS - Donald Trump chose the wallpaper

The West Wing has fresh paint on the walls, new carpet underfoot, cool, crisp air and more than a few new eagle decorations.

world Updated: Aug 24, 2017 14:05 IST
AP, Washington
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The newly renovated-Oval Office of the White House in Washington.(AP Photo)

The West Wing has fresh paint on the walls, new carpet underfoot, cool, crisp air and more than a few new eagle decorations.

The White House renovations took place while President Donald Trump was on his “working vacation” this month. Updates included replacing the 27-year-old heating and cooling system, refreshing the paint and carpets throughout offices and meeting rooms and hanging Trump-approved wallpaper in the Oval Office.

The goal was to enhance the space for staff and the public, said John Botello, an interior designer and preservation specialist for the Executive Office of the President. He said they wanted to keep in mind “the American people and when they tour.”

The Oval Office of the White House is seen after a renovation in Washington, US. (Reuters Photo)

Most of the work was done during Trump’s 17-day break from the White House earlier this month. The current furnishings and draperies in the Oval Office are all from past administrations, though Trump may make more changes later.

New wallpapers are seen in the Oval Office of the White House after a renovation in Washington. (Reuters Photo)
A portrait of Teddy Roosevelt "The Rough Rider" by Tadé (Thadeus) Styka is seen in the newly renovated Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo)

Officials stressed that the latest updates were tackled with presidential history in mind. The new beige and navy carpeting throughout the West Wing is emblazoned with floral medallions inspired by the architecture of the White House and the Rose Garden. New draperies in the offices pay tribute to those that hung in the Oval Office during President Franklin D Roosevelt’s administration.

A statue of an eagle is seen in the newly renovated Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo)

Some furniture has been reupholstered and some new pieces added, including two large golden eagle statues in the Roosevelt Room and a dozen new side chairs with eagle details.

“You’re going to start seeing a lot more eagles about the West Wing,” said Botello. “It’s a very patriotic symbol.”

A chandelier is seen outside the Oval Office of the White House after a renovation in Washington, US. (Reuters Photo)
The West Wing lobby. (Reuters Photo)

Outside, there’s new lighting to better illuminate the Rose Garden and new steps leading up to the South Portico. John Stanwich, National Park Service liaison to the White House, said the old steps dated back to President Harry Truman.

The newly renovated staircase leading to the South Portico porch of the White House. The previous steps dated to President Harry Truman's administration. (AP Photo)
The Oval Office of the White House is seen after a renovation in Washington. (Reuters Photo)

“It’s an old facility and there’s always things that can be done,” said Alan Zawatsky, director of the White House Service Center for the federal office that oversees the government’s operations. “But we think we addressed the major deficiencies.”

First Published: Aug 24, 2017 13:59 IST