Mount Vernon Unveils Restored ‘New Room'

George Washington's Mount Vernon unveils the "new room," originally called the Large Dining Room, after a year-long restoration project.

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Mount Vernon historians discovered last year that the room George and Martha Washington referred to as the "new room" was actually a multi-purpose salon (or sitting room) created to entertain guests. Armed with this new information, curators took the no-longer-a-dining-room through one of Mount Vernon's largest restoration projects. Pictured: the New Room in "Godey's Lady's Book" circa 1860. (Mount Vernon Ladies' Association)
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Mount Vernon unveiled the "New Room" Friday after a massive restoration project that lasted more than a year, according to the estate. (Mount Vernon Ladies' Association)
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Circa 1920. (Mount Vernon Ladies' Association)
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Circa 1950. (Mount Vernon Ladies' Association)
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Circa 1988. The ceiling cove was painted green by this time. (Mount Vernon Ladies' Association)
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Circa 1990s. (Mount Vernon Ladies' Association)
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Table set for dinner in 2013, pre-restoration. (Mount Vernon Ladies' Association)
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The Vaughn mantle, pre-restoration. (Mount Vernon Ladies' Association)
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Removing the modern paint from the cove. (Mount Vernon Ladies' Association)
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An architectural paint conservatory takes paint samples from the cove. (Mount Vernon Ladies' Association)
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The cove stripped of all modern paint restorations. (Mount Vernon Ladies' Association)
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The New Room post-restoration. (Mount Vernon Ladies' Association)
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The New Room post-restoration. (Mount Vernon Ladies' Association)
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The New Room post-restoration. (Mount Vernon Ladies' Association)
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The New Room post-restoration. (Mount Vernon Ladies' Association)
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Vases restored for the New Room. (Mount Vernon Ladies' Association)
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A mounted wall-lamp conserved for the New Room. (Mount Vernon Ladies' Association)
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