The Oval Office is the official office of the President of theUnited States.
The office was designed by the architect Nathan C. Wyeth at theorder of President William Howard Taft in 1909. Named for itsdistinctive oval shape, the Oval Office is part of the complex ofoffices that make up the West Wing of the White House. Badlydamaged by a fire in 1929, the office was rebuilt by PresidentHerbert C. Hoover. In 1934, President Franklin D. Rooseveltenlarged the West Wing and added today’s Oval Office, designed byEric Gugler.
The architectural features of the Oval Office, which draw frombaroque, neoclassical, and Georgian traditions, have becomesymbolic of the power and prestige of the Presidency in the mindsof Americans and people across the world. There are three largesouth-facing windows behind the President’s desk, as well as fourdoors into different parts of the West Wing. The ceiling is adornedwith an elaborate molding around the edge, and features elements ofthe Seal of the President. (環球時報)