Jackson Place Conference Room

The President, Vice President, and Secretary of State have all hosted important meetings in this imposing space, the largest room in the Blair House complex. Also called the Treaty Room and featuring an antique conference table seating 22, it accommodates the signing of important agreements, planning of official visits, and media interviews.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hosts a Middle East Quartet Meeting in the Jackson Place Conference Room at the Blair House in Washington, D.C. on April 11, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

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Jackson Place Conference Room
  • Oval Dining Table, late 19th–early 20th

    Oval Dining Table, late 19th – early 20th century

    This American mahogany dining table has deeply gadrooned top edges and an ebony “piano” finish. It seats up to 22, perfect for the room’s regular use in breakfast and luncheon meetings, press conferences, and document signings.

  • Twelve-Light Gasolier, 1876–1885

    Twelve-Light Gasolier, 1876–1885

    This ballroom-sized molded- and cut-crystal gasolier was made by the firm of F. & C. Osler Co. of Birmingham, England. A pair of matching three-light wall brackets, each bearing the stamp “Osler” on their silvered mounting plates, flanks the fireplace.

  • Victorian Over-Mantel Mirror, 1850

    Victorian Over-Mantel Mirror, 1850

    One of a pair, this massive 8-foot gilt wood over-mantel mirror and its mate were probably acquired by Montgomery Blair after he moved back to the house in 1852. From Samson Cariss of Baltimore, Maryland, their Rococo Revival design includes elaborate cornices with carved cartouches flanked by scrolling foliage and large chambered nautilus forms at the ends.

  • Antique Ferahan Sarouk Rug, 1890

    Antique Ferahan Sarouk Rug, 1890

    The central medallion and distinctive floral and Herati border patterns—well drawn in deep blues, celadon green, and ivory on dark red—of this very large Persian carpet indicate it was made in the vicinity of Sarouk (Saruq), a village to the west of Ferahan (Feraghan). Like other old rugs of its kind, this example is very finely knotted on cotton warp and has a short, firm pile.

  • Boston Pier Mirror, 1825

    Boston Pier Mirror, 1825

    This rare gilt-gesso and silver gilt-gesso pier mirror is one of a pair from New York or Boston. Each features a molded egg-and-dart and acanthus composition cornice above a panel with robust hand-carved spread-winged eagle clutching olive branches. The original mirror glass is flanked by Solomonic half-columns pressed with grapevine and leaf clusters.

  • Portrait of Cixi, Empress Dowager of China

    Portrait of Cixi, Empress Dowager of China

    This imperial-sized gelatin silver print photograph with hand-applied color of Tzu-Hsi (aka Cixi, nee Yehonala), Empress Dowager and de facto ruler of the Manchu Qing Dynasty 1861–1908, was made in Beijing 1903–1904, one of several intended as diplomatic gifts to cultivate better relations with western leaders following the Boxer Rebellion. This example, in original royal yellow silk mat and likely the only survivor of its kind, was officially received by Secretary of State John Hay through U.S. Minister Edwin Conger for presentation to President Theodore Roosevelt in 1905. The original negatives from this unique sitting are in the archives of the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.