President and Mrs. John Quincy Adams began the tradition of eating in this dining room in 1825. This room has been the source of many family meals, and possibly food fights from the presidential families. (I’m thinking the TR family since he was so boisterous). President and Mrs. Herbert Hoover called it the ‘Breakfast room’ because they ate dinners in the State Dining Room.
In 1962, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy created a new family dining room on the second floor in the private quarters. The present design of it was reconstructed during the Truman’s administration.
The first photograph was taken in 1889, and now you can see the changes in the Family Dining Room. The walls, fixtures, etc. are different.
Some highlights of the room’s history:
Different administrations brought renovations and furnishings to the Family Dining Room. In 2015, the White House Historical Association refurbished the room to showcase modern art and design. I believe that it’s now open to public tours.
Many thanks to the White House Historical Society.
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