Skip to comments.White House replica draws stares
Posted on 11/19/2004 8:55:51 AM PST by mhking
In October 2001, Fred Milani's replica of the White House on Briarcliff Road was not quite finished. Still, it was creating a stir in the Oak Grove area north of Clairmont Road as passersby slowed down to gape. In fact, though still in the works, it was the first house profiled in Private Quarters.
Interest in the house has not dimmed. We still get the occasional astonished inquiry from people who happen upon the columned home. Recently Fred and Yvonne, his wife of 25 years, invited us on a tour of the elegantly decorated interior.
The house is a replica of the presidential mansion on the outside only, although Fred works in an "oval office," seated at a replica of Abraham Lincoln's carved mahogany desk. And there's a carved seal of the United States mounted on the ceiling and another woven into the carpet.
Milani, an Iranian-born engineer, residential developer and builder, is an American citizen who has lived in this country since 1979. He is also a former Muslim who converted to Christianity nine years ago. Throughout the house are reminders of his faith, intertwined with his pride of citizenship.
There are 36 rooms on three floors in the 16,500-square-foot house. It has six bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and six fireplaces. The elaborate draperies in the formal rooms are duplicates of those in the White House. "I gave the seamstresses a book on the White House and asked them to copy them," Yvonne explained.
The domed ceiling over the spectacular central staircase in the foyer features a mural of Jesus. His outstretched arms reach out to American Indians in feathered headdresses, Hispanic men in sombreros and Asians in traditional costumes.
"I wanted it to show that God loves all people, all nationalities," said Yvonne, who was born in Mississippi and reared in Missouri.
A 20-foot-tall Christmas tree decorated with oversized blue and gold ornaments stands in the living room. A 2-foot-tall angel tops the tree. There are decorated trees in many other rooms, including the huge kitchen. From the curved and columned balcony at the rear of the home a replica of the Truman balcony visitors can see the large pool, waterfall, formal gardens and pool house with full outdoor kitchen.
There's an upstairs sitting room decorated in traditional Iranian fashion with pillowed floor seating and low tables. Silk rugs hanging against the walls are among the Iranian touches throughout the house.
The Milanis are expecting guests for the holidays. They are opening their home to the public from Dec. 11 through Jan. 2 to raise money for the independent International Church of God, a Christian church that ministers to Muslims converting to Christianity. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays. The only day the house will be closed is Christmas Day. Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors and $10 for children 6 to 12.
So did he vote for Bush??
> There are 36 rooms on three floors in the 16,500-square-foot house.
That's a lovely living room. Traditional but with an Eastern flavor. The boxed ceiling is very English.
I want to see the mural, though. Guess I'll have to go take the tour.
I love looking at other people's houses (nobody wants to see mine - it's a mess!)
Georgia has its own White House! It sets the Yankees to shame.
I don't know if I would want an article on my personal White House being published. Paticularly if I was a Muslim convert to Christianity. It occurs to me my house would make a fantastic target for Islamic Jihadists unable to attack the real White House.
He will probably get calls from Hollywood at some point wanting to use his house as an exterior set for filming. If so, the house will pay for itself in short order.
If money were no expense, I'd like to build one on my own property.
Does the real White House have one of those pools with the bar?
Interesting. I wonder if he thought of that?
Any true capitalist would!
Yikes, that's a good point.
Hope he stays safe, as it's great to read about a naturalized citizen who loves his adopted country so much.
how pretty! it's looks nicer than pictures I've seen of the real White House
>>He will probably get calls from Hollywood at some point wanting to use his house as an exterior set for filming. If so, the house will pay for itself in short order.<<
He's been shy to do that since that bad experience with Jerry Bruckheimer. :^D
Yowza! I wonder if she plays "Hail to the Chief" for him when he comes home at night.
My son is in *love* with your homepage! LOL!
very nice house. since he obviously has a lot of money, I don't know why he didn't just reproduce the White House inside as well as outside? Then he could lease it out to Movie companies that want to do realistic white house scenes. :)
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