Mrs. Michelle Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Ave
It’s time to bring your garden inside!
We were happy to learn of the bold move you made to restore a garden on the White House lawn and certainly hope you and the First Family have enjoyed the fruits of your labor.
But frankly, it’s time for the next step in showing the country your commitment to fresh and nutritious foods – restoring the White House conservatory. With a conservatory added to the White House you would be able to garden year round while enjoying the peace and tranquility and indoor garden brings. Imagine being able to entertain guests amidst the bright foliage, fresh scents and soothing ambiance of such a room.
Plus, you’d be restoring a bit of the long lost history to the White House,
In the twentieth century, there were once two conservatories on the White House. One was removed to add the West Wing, the other was removed for no apparent reason that we can find. However, in their day, these structures were used to grow all the produce and flowers that graced the White House — all year long.
Mrs. McKinley loved to celebrate the holidays in the White House Conservatory, as evidenced by stereoscope photos she used for her Christmas Cards. Abraham Lincoln grew lemons in the White House Conservatory and gave them as gifts, in fact, this was one of his last acts the day he met his unfortunate end at the Ford Theater.
All that to say that a conservatory on the White House has its place in history when our Nation had an abiding appreciation for the very objectives you are achieving through your garden — the growth of fresh nutritious foods.
Plus, today’s conservatories easily meet the green building standards President Obama is so committed to. In many of the structures we build, we use solar glass that collects Solar Power, produces electricity and are completely self-sufficient. Imagine that, a year round garden room that literally costs nothing to operate and extends your passion for healthy, nutritious food to year round roll modeling.
By now, you’ve come to the understanding that I want to build a Conservatory on the White House. True. Recently we’ve completed projects in Washington DC at the Bond 45 Restaurant in National Harbor near Gaylord, where the President speaks on occasion. We’ve also just completed a conservatory on the Old Naval Hospital restoration on Pennsylvania Avenue.
I am a small business owner with years of experience designing and building conservatories. I have literally travelled the world over learning the craft of conservatory building and gaining understanding of structure design. Like you, I am an avid gardener and enjoy a year round garden that feeds my family along with 14 grandchildren. Our conservatory allows us to garden through the Minnesota winters and get a jump start on spring plantings. Of course, the conservatory is where we celebrate the holidays and find respite from busy days and the dreary winter weather.
I believe you and your garden deserve the year round comfort and joy a conservatory will bring to the White House. The White House deserves to have its complete history restored. And finally, your passion and leadership for local, organic gardening deserves to find a year round home.
I would welcome they chance to provide designs, quotes and time frames for restoring the White House conservatory and will look forward to hearing from you.
James P. Hewitt
P.S. Hopefully you’ll have a chance to see what we’ve done at the Old Naval Hospital. Of course, more dramatic rooms can be seen on our website at www.conservatorycraftsmen.com