What does White House want back from Colorado? It's the centerpiece of a room at Governor's mansion

2 First Ladies made request and were refused

DENVER - What does Colorado have that the White House wants back?

It's the centerpiece in the Drawing Room at the Governor's Residence at Boettcher Mansion.

Any guesses?

It's a chandelier. A chandelier called the Grant chandelier.

The Waterford cut crystal chandelier hung in the White House ballroom in 1876, when President Ulysses S.  Grant presided over America's centennial celebration (and Colorado's admission to the Union).

In the 19th Century, new presidents were allowed to sell the furnishings of their predecessors and replace them with items of their own choosing. That's how the Grant chandelier ended up in Colorado.

MORE | See the chandelier and the mansion's holiday decorations

Two First Ladies have requested that the chandelier be returned -- Jackie Kennedy and Michele Obama. Both times, the state of Colorado has refused.

You can see the chandelier and the rest of the first floor rooms during holiday tours at the Governor's Residence this week.

The free tours holiday tours continue today and tomorrow, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Get directions and parking information here.

The mansion, in Denver's Capitol Hill neighborhood, was built as a private home on eight lots in 1908. It was donated to the state as a residence for the Governor in 1960.

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