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White house

  1. 1. The White House has been the official residence of every President of the United States with the exception of George Washington. The White House is located on a site near the Mall chosen in 1790 by president George Washington and Pierre l'Enfant, the architect who created the master plan for the new capital. Meanwhile the president resided in the President's House in the temporary capital Philadelphia
  2. 2. Design competition A competition held for the design of the new President's House received nine entries. The winner was James Hoban, an architect of Irish descent. His neo-classical design is presumably based on the Leinster House in Dublin James Hoban and George Washington inspecting the construction of the White House
  3. 3. Construction Construction started in 1792 and in 1800, when the building was almost completed, president John Adams moved in. Ever since, each President of the United States has lived in the White House. In 1814, British troops invaded the defenseless city and torched several buildings, including the Capitol, the Treasury, the War Department and the White House. President Madison decided to rebuild the public buildings.
  4. 4. The Name Most people seem to think the building was first painted white after it was rebuilt in 1817, but already in 1798 it was made white by a protective lime-based whitewash. It wasn't named White House from the beginning though: it was originally named the 'President's Palace', 'President's House' or 'Executive Mansion'. It was soon nicknamed 'White House' and in 1901 president Theodore Roosevelt made it the official name.
  5. 5. The White House is the oldest public building in Washington, DC and has been the home of every president except George Washington.
  6. 6. The seven-acre park in front of the White House was named to honor the Marquis de Lafayette, the French hero of the American Revolution.
  7. 7. The garden around the White House was first planted by John Adams. It was later redesigned by many presidents and first ladies. The most famous part of the garden was added in 1913 by Ellen Wilson, wife of president Woodrow Wilson. She created a Rose Garden, which would later be redesigned and used as a venue for official ceremonies by president Kennedy. It is located just outside the Oval Office.
  8. 8. This photo shows the White House Entrance Hall as seen from the North Portico.
  9. 9. The East Room of the White House is used for entertaining. Large parties and receptions are held in the East Room.
  10. 10. The Blue Room is the center of the State Floor of the White House where the President formally receives guests. This photo shows the Blue Room during the William J. Clinton Administration.
  11. 11. The White House North Portico is illuminated at night.
  12. 12. This photo shows the Oval Office, the President's office at the White House in Washington, DC
  13. 13. See a view of the White House from the air.
  14. 14. See a photo of the White House South Portico during the winter after a snow storm.