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I see. Are you head of this foundation?
No. Mrs. Vandercamp I think is going to be the head of it.
I'm on the board of it, and all the former American ambassadors to
France are going to be trustee advisors or members of the council.
How much money do you hope to raise?
Well, we have raised in the past about $600,000, that I took
through the Lasker Foundation, but with the new change in the tax law
I found that I thought that was inadvisable so we got this thing
I see. When we talk about money necessary to restore Versailles?
Oh, it would take, let's say, to really do a very good job,
would take maybe another 10 million dollars, to restore the major rooms,
to look the way they did in the 18th century.
To fill them with furniture again.
To fill them with old furniture, and chandeliers, and do
the things in the major rooms that look the way they did. It would
cost infinitely more to really furnish it all, but that's not necessary
really. We just need to see what the major rooms looked like. You know,
the French government itself has furnished the Grand Trianon to look
the way it did at the time of Napoleon and Marie Louise. It's all been
restored. It's magnificent, and the Petit Trianon now needs to be done.
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