National Geographic : 1961 Jan
KODACHROMESBY NATIONALGEOGRAPHICPHOTOGRAPHERTHOMASNEBBIA ( N.G.S. Cedar-lined and equipped with rows of shelves for hats and shoes, it made a room in itself. In new bathrooms, too, old fixtures were replaced by gleaming porcelain and metal with such exotic touches as an eagle etched on the side of the President's bathtub, and a fan on the First Lady's. The old attic, where Theodore Roosevelt almost lost an eye while playing with son Quentin in the dark, is now a 14-bedroom annex to the President's second-floor apart ment. It contains a children's playroom and a solarium with one of Washington's finest views of the Potomac. Since the Coolidges raised the roof to make an informal "sky Lincoln's eight-foot bed dominates the room he used as an office. Here the Civil War Presi dent signed the Emancipation Proclamation de claring free three million slaves. A copy of the Gettysburg Address rests on his desk. President Theodore Roosevelt, who cherished every link with Lincoln, chose the Victorian bed for his own use. "I think of Lincoln," he wrote, "shambling, homely, with his strong, sad, deeply furrowed face, all the time. I see him in the different rooms and in the halls.... He is to me infinitely the most real of the dead Presidents." Many distinguished foreign visitors who slept in this room have felt the same way. parlor," Presidential families have spent much leisure time here. President Eisenhower some times uses the next-door kitchenette to cook a steak or prepare his famous "old-fashioned beef stew" for close friends. Marines Herald State Receptions When I first walked through the formal state rooms on the first floor, I felt as if I had drifted into a dream of the past. For here history and the decorator arts have cre ated brilliant stage sets. I saw the stage come to life half a dozen times one year when I had a newswoman's privilege of going to all the official receptions.