Podesta artworks, among other treasures, were destroyed in the Sandy storm that dumped more than 1.5 feet of rain on the White House and other areas of the Capitol complex.
In addition to the artworks on display, the White Houses art collection included works by Andy Warhol, Thomas Edison and Frank Lloyd Wright.
In October, the Capitol was flooded again, and the National Park Service had to call off the restoration of the White Capitol building, which had been restored to its original appearance following Hurricane Irene in 2005.
A few weeks ago, the National Capital Commission voted to remove the Whitehouse from the National Register of Historic Places, saying the building “did not meet the standards of preservation for its condition at the time of its destruction in 1977.”
It was not clear if that decision will be upheld.
“It’s unfortunate that these pieces have been lost and will be missed,” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
“They were important, they were important to the White house and to the people who work here and to people who visited.
They’re also important to Washington, D.C., and to our people and to American democracy.”
Psaki said the Whitehouses art collection is among those that will be removed from the historic site.
“The museum will remain in the WhiteHouse museum,” Psaki told ABC News.
“Our collection will remain on display.”
The White House also lost some of its historic murals in the storm.
In March, the museum lost an estimated 100 murals of the U.S. Capitol in an exhibit about the war.
It’s unclear what the museum will do with the rest of the paintings.
“These are the kinds of things that are lost to history and to a sense of permanence in this nation and the United States,” said Peter J. Zalts, director of the National Gallery of Art.
“There are many of these pieces that are in very good condition.”
Some of the murals, like the Washington Monument’s, are of historical significance and represent an important part of the museum’s history.
“One of the things that was a great disappointment to me was that this piece, as an exhibit, was not shown, and that was disappointing,” said Zalits.
“I think that the National Archives has a lot of work to do to recover these works.”
Zalters said the National Center for Historic Preservation has received about a dozen applications for additional preservation of the mural and will look into whether the museum can be restored.
“We’re hopeful that there’s still some room in the museum to salvage it,” Zalins said.
The White Houses collection of American and world art was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 1977.
It was the largest-ever loss of art in Washington, DC.
“This is a really important piece of the collection,” said Michael Wessel, curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art.
The museum’s collections include works by artists including William Morris, Claude Monet and Paul Gauguin.