First Lady Melania Trump announced the completion of the White House’s new tennis pavilion.
“History continues to unfold at the @WhiteHouse,” she wrote on Twitter.
“I am pleased to announce the completion of the tennis pavilion. Preserving this historic landmark is vital & I want to thank all who helped complete this project.”
The refurbished building was inspired by the East and West Wings of the White House.
Features such as the parapet wall, fanlight windows, and colonnade tie the structure to the existing feel and appearance of the White House.
“Thank you to all of the talented craftsmen who made this project possible and to the generous supporters of the White House,” Mrs. Trump said in a statement.
“It is my hope that this private space will function as both a place of leisure and gathering for future First Families.”
According to the White House, the first lady’s project started in 2018. It was approved by the Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Planning Commission in June 2019.
“The building and landscape were planned to blend with the existing structures on the White House grounds,” the statement reads.
“Construction of the building was in partnership with the Trust for the National Mall, and the National Park Service. The new building was funded by private donations.”
But the FLOTUS faced backlash after sharing photos of the new White House tennis pavilion, with one person tweeting: “Oh good, those people in the ICU beds will feel so much better knowing that (Mrs. Trump) has finished her tennis pavilion.”
Some people called the photos insensitive.
In response, the first lady tweeted encouraging “everyone who chooses to be negative & question my work at the @WhiteHouse to take time and contribute something good & productive in their communities. #BeBest.”
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