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In 1989, FAPE completed one of its most ambitious projects – the redesign and renovation of the main public spaces at the Embassy Residence in Beijing. FAPE, the State Department, and interior designer and Chinese furnishings expert, Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, worked together to completely transform the diplomatic and representational rooms on the first floor. Dramatic black granite floors were installed, the main reception room was painted a pleasant green color and furnished with 19th century mahogany furniture, and sofas were reupholstered. Mr. Ellsworth enlarged the outside garden and reception areas to make them more suitable for entertaining. He also obtained eight Georgian-style reproduction dining chairs to match the sixteen already there so that larger dinners could be held. When the project started, Mr. Ellsworth published a “wish list” for the residence. Artists and donors generously gave, including Jerome Zipkin who contributed a pair of Sheffield sterling silver candelabra, and David Rockefeller, who donated a set of Chinese Export armorial porcelain.