The Red Room at the White House is one of four reception rooms on the state (main/public floor) of the mansion. The room is furnished in the Empire style dating from 1810-1830. The fabric on the walls is red twill satin and all the fabrics in the room were made in the U.S. First Lady Dolley Madison (1809-1817) deviated from this color scheme when she decorated the room in sunflower yellow and held weekly receptions here. Dolley's portrait is one of several in the room and is visible in this photo on the upper right-hand side of the door. Although the furniture may look formal and not all that comfortable, the Red Room has remained a favorite of many presidential families. This was true for President Abraham Lincoln and family. Numerous historical accounts relate how the Lincolns gathered here with family and friends. President Rutherford Hayes (1877-1881) was secretly sworn in here on March 31, 1877 because inaugurals were not held on Sunday and outgoing president Ulysses Grant feared a day without a president. President Theodore Roosevelt used it as a smoking room where male guests gathered after dinner to smoke cigars and drink brandy. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (1933-1945) chose the Red Room for her women-only press conferences during a time when women reporters were barred from regular press conferences. The Red Room was a favorite of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (1961-63). She added a reproduction of an 19th century French carpet to the Red Room during her restoration of the White House.