The House of Presidents in Clermont, Fla. (just outside Orlando) has a beautifully detailed model of the White House. The model is currently decorated for Christmas, and it may be something interesting to see during the holiday week.
The model is often on loan. It returned to display in Clermont on July 2. It had been continually on tour for 10 years. Among its tour stops have been three visits to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. This is the State Dining Room of the model, as seen in July.
Part of the model’s fame is its level of detail. Over the decades, the model builders have had unprecedented access at the White House to measure rooms and placements.
Here are two of the private rooms of the White House, as seen in July. Only the First Family’s invited guests get to see these rooms in person. Each First Family decorates the private rooms to their tastes.
The model builders keep in touch with the White House to make sure that the model is always in sync with changes in furniture, wall covering, and flooring.
The model displays other rooms seen often in the news. At left is the Cabinet Room, at right is the Press Briefing room. In the foreground is the Rose Garden (note the snow – it’s December!). Out of frame to the left is the Oval Office.