Sunday, November 30, 2008

1 Observatory Circle

The official Vice Presidential residence was designated by Congress in 1974. It's official name is the Queen Anne House and the property is still owned by the Navy. The 9,000 sq ft structure was built in 1893 as the official resident for the Superintendent of the Naval Observatory. The compound sits on 13 acres and staff is supplied by the Navy. The Observatory still operates as a research facility where scientist make observations of the sun, moon and planets.

One Observatory Circle, the home Joe and Jill Biden will soon occupy is in the Embassy Row area of DC. The house is painted white brick with a hip roof.

I love the all American Lenox white china and "Tuscan Classics" crystal, used in the Vice Presidential Maison. White linen napkins are embroidered with the vice presidential seal.

The 2nd family has a tradition of borrowing art and various items from museums, the dining table is on loan from the State Department.

Monochromatic furniture and window treatments bring focus to artwork. This piece is by artist Helen Frankenthaler.

1 comment:

Things That Inspire said...

I was pleasantly surprised to see these beautiful pictures of the VP residence; I did not expect Cheney to have such modern taste. He used a masterful designer, I can't remember the name...maybe John Randolph Babb?