Watch on the White House

  • Kathleen Tyler Conklin 7y

    The White House is the official home and principal workplace of the President of the United States of America. Built between 1792 and 1800 of white-painted Aquia sandstone in the late Georgian style, it has been the executive residence of every U.S. President since John Adams. When Thomas Jefferson moved into the home in 1801, he, with architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe expanded the building outward, creating two colonnades which were meant to conceal stables and storage.[1] In 1814, during the War of 1812, the mansion was set ablaze by British troops, destroying the interior and charring much of the exterior walls. Reconstruction began almost immediately and President James Monroe moved into the partially reconstructed house in October 1817. Construction continued with the addition of the South Portico in 1824 and the North in 1829. Due to crowding within the executive mansion itself, President Theodore Roosevelt had nearly all work offices relocated to the newly constructed West Wing in 1901. Eight years later, President William Howard Taft expanded the West Wing, and created the first Oval Office which was eventually moved and the section was expanded. The third floor attic was converted to living quarters in 1927 by augmenting the existing hip roof with long shed dormers. A newly constructed East Wing was used as a reception area for social events; both new wings were connected by Jefferson's colonnades. East Wing alterations were completed in 1946 creating additional office space. By 1948, the house's load-bearing exterior walls and internal wood beams were found to be close to failure. The interior rooms were completely dismantled, resulting in the construction of a new internal load-bearing steel framework and the reassembly of the interior rooms.

    Today, the White House Complex includes the Executive Residence, as well as East and West Wings. The White House is made up of six stories: the Ground Floor, State Floor, Second Floor, and Third Floor, as well as a two-story underground basement. It is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. As the Executive Office of the President of the United States, the term "White House" is regularly used as a metonym for a United States president's administration. The property is owned by the National Park Service and is part of the President's Park.
  • Jennifer Jones 7y

    Wow this is an amazing shot!!!
  • Sharon's Shotz 7y

    very nice and great history :-)
  • Annie in Beziers 7y

    Great shot!
  • sezohanim 7y

    Very interesting! I had no idea the building was so extensively renovated. It is a very elegant Palladian facade.
    Is it common to have people pressed up to the fence? Seems a bit intrusive.
  • *Ann Gordon 7y

    Great shot! We visited 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. this past April. The White House and DC are a US destination which should not be missed!
  • Kathleen Tyler Conklin 7y

    Jennifer - thanks!

    Sharon - thank you and glad you enjoyed the history lesson. 8^)

    Annie - thanks! Come visit DC!

    sez - I didn't realize it either. My photos make me read up on things in a little more detail. Very commone to have people right up at the fence. I think the private quarters mostly face the other way.

    Ann_Marie - Thanks. Did you get a tour of the interior?
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