Take A Virtual Tour Of The White House, Brought To You By Google Street View

white houseThe Green Room

Photo: Google Art Project

The Google Art Project allows you to take virtual tours of prominent museums around the world in the same way that you can navigate a city or town with Google Street View.Now, a slew of locations have been added to the project, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museo Nacional de Antropologia in Mexico, and even the White House.

With the idea that the White House is “The People’s House” that should be open to everyone, the Art Project tour of the presidential abode takes you through the rooms that are normally featured in an in-person tour.

Welcome to the Entrance Hall on the State Floor of the White House.

A 1938 Steinway grand piano with gilt American eagle supports sits regally to the left as you walk in.

And to the right hangs a 2001 painting, by Simmie Knox, of the 42nd President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton.

Hang a right and make your way down the hall to the State Dining Room.

In the dining room, a painting of Abraham Lincoln sits above the mantel. It was painted by George P. A. Healy in 1869, four years after the death of the 16th president.

Now make your way into the Red Room. The bust that sits on the wall in the back is of Martin Van Buren. It was modelled in 1836 and carved in 1840 by Hiram Powers.

Continue into the Blue Room, in which a number of Bergère armchairs from the early 1800s sit.

The Green Room is just through this passageway.

See the painting of Benjamin Franklin to the left of the chandelier? It was painted by David Martin in 1767 and hangs above a mantel clock circa 1806-1817.

Here's the stately East Room.

In the East Room hangs a portrait of Martha Dandridge Custis Washington, better known as Mrs. George Washington. The painting was done by Eliphalet Frazer Andrews in 1878.

Of course, in the same room there's also a painting of Martha's husband, the first President, George Washington. Gilbert Stuart did the painting in 1797.

It's time to go downstairs to check out the ground floor.

To your right, the hall stretches for a while. But the tour doesn't allow access down that way.

To your left, it's only a short walk to the East Garden Room.

But we'll start with the Library, quaint and simple.

We'll cross the hall to enter the Vermeil Room, a bit less cozy than the Library.

Next up is the China Room. Among the dishes on display is a porcelain soup plate from the Ulysses S. Grant State Service 
(1869 - 1873), by Haviland & Co.

Finally, we've reached the East Garden Room. That bust of Abraham Lincoln to the left was made by Gutzon Borglum in 1908.

Guests aren't allowed down here either, but we've certainly seen a good amount.

Now check out a behind-the-scenes video of how the White House tour was created

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