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President and First Lady Coolidge Were Avid Porch Sitters

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Inside the White House Grounds: Patios, Porches, Porticoes and Other Outdoor Living Spaces
Watching the World Walk By

Grace and Calvin Coolidge would greet passersby strolling just outside the White House fences.

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In the 1920s, President Calvin Coolidge and his wife, Grace, would often retire to the White House porch after dinner, where they would wave at passers-by. The porch chairs they're sitting on are intricately woven wicker, which were considered to be among the finer pieces of outdoor furniture during that era.

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