The Thomas Jefferson State Reception Room Before Renovation
The Room contains many features of Jefferson's buildings in Virginia in the neoclassical or Palladian style.
The Thomas Jefferson State Reception Room is considered to be a masterpiece of neoclassic design with perfect proportions, a Doric entablature, pedimented glass doors, triple-sash windows, and an 18th-century Cararra marble mantle. Flanking the Boston mirror over the mantel are four paintings depicting American scenes. On the upper tier are 18th-century views of America.
The room is furnished with American Chippendale furniture from New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. The Jefferson Room, although primarily used as a reception room, is an elegant and intimate room used by the Secretary of State for smaller official luncheons and dinners.