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Cutting the White House Down to Size

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1996-04-08 NEWSPAPER Atlanta Journal Carter Presidential Center sm WHR
1996-04-08 NEWSPAPER Atlanta Journal Carter Presidential Center WHR

Atlanta Journal / Atlanta Constitution JOURNAL/November April 8, 1996 

Cutting the White House Down to Size
Photos courtesy of "The White House in Miniature"

The White House in Miniature' to open at the Carter Center 

In the 1860s, the room now called the Lincoln Room was actually President Abraham Lincoln's office, not his bedroom. It's the only room in the White House named for a president.

You are invited to the president's Rose Garden. And you don't even ve to leave Georgia.

"The White House in Miniature," a fascinating scale model of the White House and its furnishings, will be on exhibit beginning Saturday in the museum of the Carter Presidential Center.

Sixty feet long and 20 feet wide, the exhibit is an exact reproduction — in miniature — of the gardens, main buildings, offices, public rooms and even some of President Clinton's private living quarters. You get a peek at some rooms that aren't included on the regular tour of the real White House in Washington.

The miniature White House has been crafted according to a " 1 inch equals 1 foot" scale. This means that President Clinton, who is 6 feet 2 inches tall, will appear just a tad over 6 inches tall.

Every detail is accurate — from the rugs on the floors to the knickknacks on the desks, to the ornate chandeliers. To make the display even more realistic, phones ring, clocks tick, fires in the fireplaces flicker, and the tiny TVs work! Look carefully and you may even spot Socks, Chelsea Clinton's cat.

-Judith Lunsford

■ The miniature White House weighs 10 tons and travels in its own moving van.

■ About 30 styles of light bulbs are used in the model. Most are about the size of a grain of rice. When a bulb in a chandelier burns out, it takes about four hours to replace it.

■ Trees in the White House gardens are seasonal. Their leaves bud, change color or fall, depending on the time of year.

■ The finest rugs in the model White House are petit point (a type of embroidery) and have 900 stitches to the

The artist's daughter Janet, shown here at age 6, peeks through a doorway of the Red Room. On the wall (top right) is a famous portrait of Dolley Madison.  

About I million visitors tour the real White House each year. Since the miniature White House began touring in 1976, 50 million people in the United States, Europe and Japan have viewed it.


What: "The White House in Miniature."

Dates: Saturday through Aug. 4.

Hours: 9 a.m.- 4:45 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon -4:45 p.m. Sundays.

Where: Carter Presidential Center museum, 441 Freedom Parkway.

Cost: $6 adults, $5 senior citizens, free to those 16 and younger.

More information: 404-331-3942.




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