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Map Room (White House)

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Map Room (White House)

Map Room, circa 1943
The Map Room looking southwest during the administration of Bill Clinton
White House ground floor showing location of the Map Room

The Map Room is a room on the ground floor of the White House, the official home of the President of the United States.

The Map Room takes its name from its use during World War II, when Curator of the White House as an office, used to catalog donations of furniture and objects. Under the leadership of First Lady Pat Nixon, working with Curator Clement Conger, the room underwent a major redecoration in 1970, transforming it from an office to the parlor which remains today. The room was redecorated again in 1994.[1]

The Map Room is furnished in the style of English cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale and includes two stuffed-back armchairs that may have been built by Philadelphia cabinetmaker Thomas Affleck. Today the room is used for television interviews, small teas, and social gatherings.


  • Events 1
  • References 2
  • Further reading 3
  • External links 4


  • On August 17, 1998, Bill Clinton gave testimony to Independent Counsel Ken Starr and his deputies, regarding his role in the Monica Lewinsky scandal. This was taped via closed circuit television and later aired on national television. Clinton was the first sitting President to testify under oath, when he was the subject of the investigation.[2]
  • On January 21, 2009, the day after the inauguration of Barack Obama, Chief Justice John Roberts re-administered the constitutional oath of office to Obama in the Map Room (the oath having been flubbed by Roberts in the ceremony the previous day).[3]
  • On February 18, 2010, Barack Obama met with the 14th Dalai Lama in the Map Room. This differs from how the Obama administration generally meets foreign dignitaries and VIPs, as they usually meet in the Oval Office.[4]


  1. ^ "Map Room". White House Museum. 1945-04-03. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  2. ^ "Online NewsHour: White House Correspondents - July 29, 1998". Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  3. ^ "Obama Re-Takes Oath of Office". Fox News. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  4. ^ "Dalai Lama to meet Obama in US despite China anger - February 18, 2010". February 18, 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 

Further reading

  • Abbott James A., and Elaine M. Rice. Designing Camelot: The Kennedy White House Restoration. Van Nostrand Reinhold: 1998. ISBN 0-442-02532-7.
  • McKellar, Kenneth, Douglas W. Orr, Edward Martin, et al. Report of the Commission on the Renovation of the Executive Mansion. Commission on the Renovation of the Executive Mansion, Government Printing Office: 1952.
  • Monkman, Betty C. The White House: The Historic Furnishing & First Families. Abbeville Press: 2000. ISBN 0-7892-0624-2.
  • The White House: An Historic Guide. White House Historical Association and the National Geographic Society: 2001. ISBN 0-912308-79-6.

External links

  • White House Historical Association: Residence second floor
  • White House Museum: Map Room

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