The administration has not clarified why the renovation has been going on for so long, according to several people who have spoken to CNN about her situation, but it is a situation that has increasingly and significantly upset Harris. . “She’s getting frustrated,” said another administration official, with each day’s desire to move into her designated home – a stately, bastion mansion two and a half miles from the White House – growing more intense.
The second couple continue to live in temporary housing at Blair House, the president’s official guest quarters, across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House.
The administration has not provided any official explanation for the delay, and a Harris spokesperson did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.
CNN has noted various government contracts, awarded over the past few years at the residence of the Vice President for a myriad of issues, many of which have profound founding functions. From recently wrapped projects on the retention pond of a changed tank system for $ 164,000 since last September, repairs and maintenance appear to be continuous. A $ 3.8 million contract for “plumbing, heating and air conditioning contractors” is underway on the United States government’s spending website.
The annexes, while not adequate, are arrogant in terms of cost and expectation, considering the house is over 9,000 sq ft and was built in 1893. Tax records from 2018 indicate that $ 119,000 in expenses was used to provide updates and improvements and, for example, around the residence grounds. However, the current annexes do not specifically address why the Vice President is still not living there, leading to – and growing – questions about the pace of the work and the movement.
Harris has recently been spotted at her future home, popping in for an hour-long trip three weeks ago, according to CNN. Two administration employees aware of the ongoing updates told CNN that Harris – who likes to cook – requested the work be done at the kitchen.
It is not uncommon for residents to have at least a couple of weeks, so naval staff operating the house can be refreshed, Elizabeth Henley, who served as vice president and manager of the residence and social secretary for former Vice President Dick Cheney did. “From time to time, the Navy will ask the vice president and his families to delay moving forward so that they have time for maintenance and upgrades,” Henley said.
Shortly after the inauguration, a Harris affiliate told CNN that the vice president would not immediately move forward, citing the need for some repairs to the house “which operate with a home that is easily uninhabited.” A move-in date was to be set at that time. Another administration official told CNN that some of the work involved remodeling the home’s chimney – there are seven working fireplaces – as well as other updates.
Lack of home amenities
Although the Blair House offers comfortable, even luxurious, accommodation, the current surroundings of Harris and Amhoff lack a homegrown creature comforts. Antiques and museum-quality pieces of American history are located in each of the 100-plus rooms, which feature a gym and a private hair salon. Although more than a dozen professional, full-time employees provide facilities as a luxury hotel, Blair House does not offer a laid-back vibe Harris and Amhoff prefers to stay at home. The former California senator has said that the couple enjoys more casual, West Coast informality.
The Blair House’s main bedroom suite was renovated by celebrity interior designer Thomas Partridge, brought in 2012 to update the overall décor, and includes a massive canopied bed, in luxe fabrics and upholstery Wrapped, which is more modern in Mount Vernon than in California. Modern mood. His condo in Washington, DC, which he took to live in the Blair House, was inside a sleek, eco-chic, minimalist building in the city’s West End neighborhood.
When the other couple finally move to the Forest Observatory Circle, where the Vice President’s residence is located in the grounds of the Naval Observatory, they will find a house exactly opposite their city’s condo or Blair House, but it is very different from the White House. There are very few formalities, less staff and more freedom.
“The White House is the office and home for the president, so there is a sense of staying above the ‘shop’ in the White House,” Hatley said. “For the Vice President and his family, the Vice President’s residence – or VPR – is quiet in the midst of a stormy Washington, both politically and logically. At the end of the day, the Vice President can make a short trip. The distance to the northwest and Relief in a country-like setting. “Deer often roam the property, though in reality it’s a stone’s throw from DC’s city office buildings and city traffic.
‘You’re gonna love the pool’
The dozens of acres that form the base of the Naval Observatory have the ability to move with privacy and more leisure than the President and the First Lady at the White House. At CNN Town Hall last month, Biden referred to the White House as a “guild cage” and regretted not having the same allegations at his disposal when he stayed at the Vice President’s residence for eight years.
“You’re on 80 acres looking at the rest of the city,” Biden said. “You can walk outside, and there’s a swimming pool. … You can ride a bicycle and never leave the property, and work outside – but the White House is very different.” (The vice-president’s mansion actually sits on 13-gated acres, not 80 – the entire Naval Observatory complex, which consists of several separate buildings and offices unrelated to the residence, is 72 acres.)
It was former Vice President Dan Quelle who had a heated pool set up, and became Biden’s treasured refugee. While vice president, Biden threw hoarse summer pool parties for employees and their families, took out water cannons and participated in grueling shooting-outs with the participating children. In 2017, shortly after moving in, another woman, Karen Pence, shared Biden’s words of farewell to her after her husband, Mike Pence, in an interview in which she was sworn in: “That’s the thing As Joe Biden told us, he left the limo and the Capitol on opening day as soon as he came in – he said, ‘You’re gonna love the pool.’
Harris, who was seen stepping up and down at Lincoln Memorial early in his vice presidential run for his workouts, Secret Service Agents, will find outdoor space for jogging, swimming and workouts in his new home – without public Those posting more videos on Spotting’s social media. Harris has said that she works every morning, and swimming can sometimes be part of her routine – another reason Vice President Pool is a perk.
A vice president who likes to cook
Should he add his personal signature to the residence or his grounds – as Kwale did to the pool or George HW Bush did it with an outdoor horse pit or Bidens did it with a garden, where all the occupants of the house , Pet names included, are engraved – updates and tweaks can circumvent the elaborate process of approval that should go through any changes at the White House.
However, like the White House, a separate foundation has been established to cover most of the updates with funding available by the government. Like the White House, the Vice President has the disposal rooms of historic furnishings and decorative arts from which to choose as part of the private collection reserved for the President and the Vice President to make their temporary homes feel domestic and their own personal taste . . Karen Pence once said that she had left Biden’s residence the same way it was before her, because Pence liked the layout and saw no reason to extend it.
“It’s a house with history and character, but over the years the Navy has maintained and upgraded it well,” Heinle said. “During my time with Cheney, we logged home inventory and worked to bring the furnishings and arts back to Rockefellers and Mondale.”
For home entertainment, the residence offers “a wrap-around veranda, away from the busy streets of northwest Washington,” notes Howell. “It is a special place and makes for great Sunday afternoon family celebrations,” while still formally welcoming the heads of state.
But it is the meditative and relaxed quality of family cooking that Harris has cited in numerous interviews as a therapeutic, and it is something she is still waiting to do at her official residence.
Megan Vazquez of CNN contributed to this report.