Oval Office Replica Built In Longview

A close-up look at the famous Oval Office in Washington, D.C. can now be seen in a remarkable likeness in Longview. Longview resident Ron Wade has built a one-third replica of the Oval Office in his home.

Ron was an aide for the Nixon and Reagan administrations and is a big fan of political memorabilia. He's furnished his Oval Office with replica and authentic White House paintings and furniture he has purchased, such as an original JFK rocking chair.

The project cost a small fortune for Ron, who says it will be worth it for an educational tool for anyone who's never seen the oval office.

"It helps people who come here, students, to actually feel that they are in the Oval Office, that they are inches away or touching an item that a President Kennedy or a President Nixon actually touched," says Wade.

Ron plans to open the Oval Office for tours for school children in East Texas when fall classes resume. He will serve as the tour guide.

Bob Hallmark, reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com