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Sunday, September 24, 2006

18th Century Furniture?

As we were leaving the room on Friday PTJ brought put a very interesting observation: why the State Department tour consisted only of 18th century furniture and banquette rooms? I found this interesting because it was not what I expected. I thought that the tour was going to be different offices of important mediators- in fact I really did not know what to expect. I know it was just not what was presented to me.
I think the reason the US State Department shows off the banquette room is to strengthen nationalism and to show the strength of the United States. It shows off the United States wealth which gives the citizens something to brag and be proud about. They want the people to think of the United States as the most powerful and richest country in the world thus they created a very rich in architecture and style setting. The rooms remind one of the Versailles palace in France which is one of the many French symbols of rich heritage and French style. This brings up another element to the design of the rooms; with the 18th century setting it made the illusion that the United States is a very old established country; when really it is one of the youngest countries in the world. With this illusion the guests that are invited to the banquettes also get this illusion of a very powerful established country which is exactly what the US wants foreigners to think. This way if it creates the perception that the US has experience thus they would be more incline to authority. The rooms that were involved in the tour were like a showcase of America’s wealth and prestige.
Also it is a showcase of the most important time in American history the founding of our country. With original and copy paintings of America’s most famous founding fathers and one room being a replica of a room in Monticello it shows culture and history to further the illusion of a long standing established country.


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