Later in life she mused that she might have studied architecture, so interested was she in the design and flowing layout of rooms as the primary blueprint for creating the interior furnishings of a beautiful home. Jackie Kennedy came close to it in 1963. Among First Ladies, three women drew out the sketch of room placement, exterior style and design and even some of the interior hardware of homes they would live in. Lucretia Garfield and the home she helped design as her retirement place in Pasadena, California. The second woman who was widowed by the assassination of her husband, Lucretia Garfield, worked with her distant cousins, the famous southern California Arts & Crafts architectural team of Greene & Greene in creating the renderings and overseeing the execution of her large home in Pasadena, California. Grace Coolide helped design her retirement home Road Forks. It was also as a widow that Grace Coolidge worked with architects in designing her own retirement home in Northhampton, Massachusetts known as Road Forks.It had unusual touches like a brass hand to serve as the front door-knocker and an entrance into the home on the second-floor with a modern winding staircase descending to a partially submerged first floor. Lou Hoover and the creative home she designed in Palo Alto, California. Perhaps the most ambitious, creative and beautiful of homes ever envisioned and executed by a woman who was a presidential wife was designed and built before she joined her husband in the White House, and which served as their home through his presidency and afterwards. It was the modernistic mesa-type mansion in Palo Alto, California close to Stanford University which Lou Henry Hoover helped to create, working closely with the architects on every detail of the building which is now used as the home of the college’s president. The house Jacqueline Kennedy designed and saw built to her specifications was an indirect result of her great passion for riding horses, her favorite and primary means of regular exercise. Glen Ora. (National Archives) During the initial period of her husband’s presidency, the First Lady became famous for her “Thursday-to-Tuesday weekends,” away from the demands and scrutiny of living in the White House. She made these frequent stays away from the capital
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