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20 Years in the Making White House Replica Opens at National Visitors Center

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1980-10-01 PRESS RELEASE National Parks Service Union Station small WHR
1980-10-01 PRESS RELEASE National Parks Service Union Station WHR


u.s. department of the interior

national park service

Editor's Advisory: Members of the media and photographers are invited to a special press preview of the White House Replica, which will be on view SAom 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1. John Zweifel, who created the replica, will be at the opening and available for media interviews. For more information, call the National Capital Parks 0ffice of Public Affairs at 426-6792.

Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.,

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 1

Peace: Main Gatteny

National Visitor Center

at Union Station

20 Years in Making


For Immediate Release

The White House Replica, an authentic detailed model of the White House which took over 20 years to create, will be in Washington Oct. 2-26 for public viewing.

The replica, measuring over 60-feet long and 20-feet wide, will be open to the public daily at no charge from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Main Gallery of the National Visitor Center in historic Union Station.

Created by John Zweifel, the replica shows the Mansion as it appeared on July 4, 1976. It is authentic in every detail from the hand-carved furniture to the hand-blown crystal chandeliers. The reproduction also has telephones that ring, quarter-inch working television sets, clocks that keep time and hand-blown lamps that turn on and off.

John Zweifel and his wife, Jan, and their volunteers began the project during the Kennedy Administration in 1961.

National Capital Parks Washington,D.C. [202) 426-6700

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