West Wing Update Includes New Paint, Carpet and Eagles

BY CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 newly renovated staircase of the South Portico porch of the White House are seen in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, during a media tour. The new steps are made of limestone from Indiana. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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.”
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.
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.
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.

The newly refreshed Oval Office of the White House is seen in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, during a media tour. New wallpaper was hung and the floors were refinished this month as part of a series of updates to the West Wing. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The newly renovated Roosevelt Room of the White House is seen in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, during a media tour. Fresh paint, new carpeting and new decorations were among the updates, as part of a refresh of the West Wing. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The Resolute Desk is seen in the newly refreshed Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, during a media tour. During an update of the West Wing, the Oval Office got new wallpaper and the floors were refinished. The draperies and furnishings are all part of the White House collection and were used by previous presidents. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A statue of an eagle is seen in the newly renovated Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, during a media tour. The golden bird is one of a pair of statues recently acquired by the White House. The patriotic symbol is also featured on some new chairs in the West Wing. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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

Kevin Stumbaugh with the National Park Service paints the the wall of the court outside the Palm Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, during a media tour. The White House recently did a series of updates, including new carpeting and curtains in the West Wing, new lighting in the Rose Garden and new steps to the South Portico. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The newly renovated West Wing Lobby of the White House is seen in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, during a media tour. The West Wing was updated with a new heating and cooling system, new carpeting and paint, and some new decorative items. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A newly renovated staircase leading to the South Portico porch of the White House is seen in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, during a media tour. The steps were redone as part of a West Wing update that also included a new heating and cooling system and new carpets and paint. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A newly renovated staircase leading to the South Portico porch of the White House is seen in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, during a media tour. The previous steps dated to President Harry Truman’s administration. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A bust of Abraham Lincoln and a portrait of Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale are seen in the newly renovated Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, during a media tour. The room recently got new wallpaper as part of a West Wing update. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The newly renovated West Wing Lobby of the White House is seen in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, during a media tour. The new carpeting features a floral medallion inspired by the White House architecture and the Rose Garden. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A statue of an eagle is seen in the newly renovated Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, during a media tour. The golden eagle is one of the new decorations added to the West Wing as part of a recent update designed to improve the space for staff and visitors. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, during a media tour. The room was updated with new carpeting and paint as part of a refresh of the West Wing. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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