SUPPORT THE WORK

GetWiki

White House

ARTICLE SUBJECTS
aesthetics  →
being  →
complexity  →
database  →
enterprise  →
ethics  →
fiction  →
history  →
internet  →
knowledge  →
language  →
licensing  →
linux  →
logic  →
method  →
news  →
perception  →
philosophy  →
policy  →
purpose  →
religion  →
science  →
sociology  →
software  →
truth  →
unix  →
wiki  →
ARTICLE TYPES
essay  →
feed  →
help  →
system  →
wiki  →
ARTICLE ORIGINS
critical  →
discussion  →
forked  →
imported  →
original  →
White House
[ temporary import ]
please note:
- the content below is remote from Wikipedia
- it has been imported raw for GetWiki
{{short description|Official residence and workplace of the President of the United States}}{{Other uses|White House (disambiguation)|1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (disambiguation)}}{{pp-semi-indef}}{{pp-move-indef}}{{Use mdy dates|date=June 2019}}







factoids
Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, D.C.>NWWashington, D.C. 20500U.S.Donald Trump, President of the United States and the Family of Donald Trump>First Family| architect = James Hoban| floor_area = | client =| engineer =URL=HTTP://WWW.HISTORY.COM/THIS-DAY-IN-HISTORY/JOHN-ADAMS-MOVES-INTO-WHITE-HOUSE, John Adams moves into White House, | structural_system =Neoclassical architecture>Neoclassical, Palladian| size =}}File:Aerial view of the White House.jpg|thumb|upright=1.2|Aerial view of the White House complex, from north. In the foreground is Pennsylvania Avenue, closed to traffic. Center: Executive Residence (1792–1800) with North Portico (1829) facing; left: East Wing (1942); right: West Wing (1901), with the Oval OfficeOval OfficeThe White House is the official residence and workplace of the president of the United States. It is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. and has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800. The term "White House" is often used as a metonym for the president and his advisers.The residence was designed by Irish-born architect James HobanWEB, Inside the White House: History,weblink WhiteHouse.gov, January 21, 2017, in the neoclassical style. Hoban modelled the building on Leinster House in Dublin, a building which today houses the Oireachtas, the Irish legislature. Construction took place between 1792 and 1800 using Aquia Creek sandstone painted white. When Thomas Jefferson moved into the house in 1801, he (with architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe) added low colonnades on each wing that concealed stables and storage.BOOK, The Domestic Architecture of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Michael W. Fazio and Patrick A. Snadon, 2006, 364–366, In 1814, during the War of 1812, the mansion was set ablaze by the British Army in the Burning of Washington, destroying the interior and charring much of the exterior. Reconstruction began almost immediately, and President James Monroe moved into the partially reconstructed Executive Residence in October 1817. Exterior construction continued with the addition of the semi-circular South portico in 1824 and the North portico in 1829.Because of crowding within the executive mansion itself, President Theodore Roosevelt had all work offices relocated to the newly constructed West Wing in 1901. Eight years later in 1909, President William Howard Taft expanded the West Wing and created the first Oval Office, which was eventually moved as the section was expanded. In the main mansion, 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; Jefferson's colonnades connected the new wings. East Wing alterations were completed in 1946, creating additional office space. By 1948, the residence's load-bearing exterior walls and internal wood beams were found to be close to failure. Under Harry S. Truman, the interior rooms were completely dismantled and a new internal load-bearing steel frame constructed inside the walls. Once this work was completed, the interior rooms were rebuilt.The modern-day White House complex includes the Executive Residence, West Wing, East Wing, the Eisenhower Executive Office Building—the former State Department, which now houses offices for the president's staff and the vice president—and Blair House, a guest residence. The Executive Residence is made up of six stories—the Ground Floor, State Floor, Second Floor, and Third Floor, as well as a two-story basement. The property is a National Heritage Site owned by the National Park Service and is part of the President's Park. In 2007, it was ranked secondto the Empire State Building on the American Institute of Architects list of "America's Favorite Architecture".

Early history

1789–1800

Following his April 1789 inauguration, President George Washington occupied two executive mansions in New York City: the Samuel Osgood House at 3 Cherry Street (April 1789 â€“ February 1790), and the Alexander Macomb House at 39–41 Broadway (February–August 1790). In May 1790, New York began construction of Government House for his official residence, but he never occupied it. The national capital moved to Philadelphia in December 1790.The July 1790 Residence Act named Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the temporary national capital for a 10-year period while the Federal City was under construction. The City of Philadelphia rented Robert Morris's city house at 190 High Street (now 524–30 Market Street) for Washington's presidential residence.The first U.S. president occupied the Market Street mansion from November 1790 to March 1797 and altered it in ways that may have influenced the design of the White House. As part of a futile effort to have Philadelphia named the permanent national capital, Pennsylvania built a much grander presidential mansion several blocks away, but Washington declined to occupy it.President John Adams also occupied the Market Street mansion from March 1797 to May 1800. On Saturday,BOOK, Brandus, Paul, Nov. 1, 1800: The White House Welcomes Its First President—John Adams,weblink 2015,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20161123054844weblink">weblink Under This Roof: A History of the White House and Presidency, Lyon Press, West Wing Reports, November 23, 2016, March 4, 2017, November 1, 1800,WEB, John Adams, WhiteHouse.gov,weblink he became the first president to occupy the White House. The President's House in Philadelphia became a hotel and was demolished in 1832, while the unused presidential mansion became home to the University of Pennsylvania.{{Gallery|title= height=100|align=leftFirst Presidential Mansion: Samuel Osgood House, Manhattan, New York. Occupied by Washington: April 1789 – February 1790.Second Presidential Mansion: Alexander Macomb House, Manhattan, New York. Occupied by Washington: February–August 1790.Third Presidential Mansion: President's House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Occupied by Washington: November 1790 – March 1797. Occupied by Adams: March 1797 – May 1800.Government House, Manhattan, New York (1790–1791). Built to be the permanent presidential mansion, Congress moved the national capital to Philadelphia before its completion.House intended for the President, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1790s). Built to be the permanent presidential mansion, neither Washington nor Adams would occupy it.}}{{clear}}

Architectural competition

File:CharlestonCountyCourthouse(cropped) HABS361451pv.jpg|thumb|right|Hoban's Charleston County Courthouse, Charleston, South CarolinaCharleston, South CarolinaFile:HobanWHProgressDrawing.jpg|thumb|right|A 1793 elevation by James HobanJames HobanFile:Dessin de Palladio - Projet villa des comtes Francesco et Lodovico de Trissini.jpg|thumb|Drawing of Andrea Palladio, Project for Francesco et Lodovico de Trissini, from the book I quattro libri dell'architetturaI quattro libri dell'architetturaFile:White House North Side Comparison2.jpg|thumb|right|The North Portico of the White House compared to Leinster HouseLeinster HouseFile:White House South Side Comparison.jpg|thumb|right|The Château de RastignacChâteau de RastignacThe President's House was a major feature of Pierre (Peter) Charles L'Enfant's' plan for the newly established federal city, Washington, D.C. (see: L'Enfant Plan).WEB,weblink Timelines-Architecture, November 13, 2007, PDF, White House Historical Association, 1,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20061230082500weblink">weblink December 30, 2006, L'Enfant identified himself as "Peter Charles L'Enfant" during most of his life while residing in the United States. He wrote this name on his "Plan of the city intended for the permanent seat of the government of t(he) United States ...." (Washington, D.C.) and on other legal documents. However, during the early 1900s, a French ambassador to the U.S., Jean Jules Jusserand, popularized the use of L'Enfant's birth name, "Pierre Charles L'Enfant". (Reference: Bowling, Kenneth R (2002). Peter Charles L'Enfant: vision, honor, and male friendship in the early American Republic. George Washington University, Washington, D.C. {{ISBN|978-0-9727611-0-9}}). The United States Code states in {{USC|40|3309}}: "(a) In General.—The purposes of this chapter shall be carried out in the District of Columbia as nearly as may be practicable in harmony with the plan of Peter Charles L'Enfant." The National Park Service identifies L'Enfant as "Major Peter Charles L'Enfant" and as "Major Pierre (Peter) Charles L'Enfant" on its website. The architect of the White House was chosen in a design competition which received nine proposals, including one submitted anonymously by Thomas Jefferson.BOOK, Frary, Ihna Thayer, They Built the Capitol, 1969, Ayer Publishing, 27, 978-0-8369-5089-2, President Washington visited Charleston, South Carolina in May 1791 on his "Southern Tour", and saw the under-construction Charleston County Courthouse designed by Irish architect James Hoban. He is reputed to have met with Hoban then. The following year, he summoned the architect to Philadelphia and met with him in June 1792.William Seale, "James Hoban: Builder of the White House" in White House History no. 22 (Spring 2008), pp. 8–12.On July 16, 1792, the president met with the commissioners of the federal city to make his judgment in the architectural competition. His review is recorded as being brief, and he quickly selected Hoban's submission.WEB,weblink Primary Document Activities, November 13, 2007, White House Historical Association, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20071109105449weblink">weblink November 9, 2007,

Design influences

The building has classical inspiration sources, that could be found directly or indirectly in the Roman architect Vitruvius or in Andrea Palladio styles; Palladio being an Italian architect of the Renaissance which had a considerable influence on the Western architecture (Palladian architecture). The building Hoban designed is verifiably influenced by the upper floors of Leinster House, in Dublin, which later became the seat of the Oireachtas (the Irish parliament).WEB,weblink The White House, November 13, 2007, National Park Service, Several other Georgian-era Irish country houses have been suggested as sources of inspiration for the overall floor plan, details like the bow-fronted south front, and interior details like the former niches in the present Blue Room. These influences, though undocumented, are cited in the official White House guide, and in White House Historical Association publications. The first official White House guide, published in 1962, suggested a link between Hoban's design for the South Portico and Château de Rastignac, a neoclassical country house located in La Bachellerie in the Dordogne region of France and designed by Mathurin Salat. Construction on the French house was initially started before 1789, interrupted by the French Revolution for twenty years and then finally built 1812–1817 (based on Salat's pre-1789 design).WEB, Johnson, Michael, Our White House in France?,weblink May 10, 2006,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110704080203weblink">weblink July 4, 2011, TheColumnists.Com, February 24, 2017, The theoretical link between the two houses has been criticized because Hoban did not visit France. Supporters of a connection posit that Thomas Jefferson, during his tour of Bordeaux in 1789, viewed Salat's architectural drawings (which were on-file at the College) at the École Spéciale d'Architecture (Bordeaux Architectural College).JOURNAL, A chateau fit for a president,weblink Johnson, Michael, September 15, 2006, New York Times, June 1, 2011, On his return to the U.S. he then shared the influence with Washington, Hoban, Monroe, and Benjamin Henry Latrobe.

Construction

Construction of the White House began with the laying of the cornerstone on October 13, 1792, although there was no formal ceremony.BOOK, A Portrait of Old Georgetown, 1933, Garrett & Massie, Inc., Ecker, Grace Dunlop, 36, The main residence, as well as foundations of the house, were built largely by enslaved and free African-American laborers, as well as employed Europeans.WEB,weblink African Americans in the White House Timeline, March 21, 2016, White House Historical Association, Much of the other work on the house was performed by immigrants, many not yet with citizenship. The sandstone walls were erected by Scottish immigrants, employed by Hoban,WEB,weblink White House Tour Essays: The Overview, November 7, 2007, White House Historical Association, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20071028062154weblink">weblink October 28, 2007, as were the high-relief rose and garland decorations above the north entrance and the "fish scale" pattern beneath the pediments of the window hoods. There are conflicting claims as to where the sandstone used in the construction of the White House originated. Some reports suggest sandstone from the Croatian island of Brač (specifically the Pučišća querry whose stone was used to build the ancient Roman palace of Emperor Diocletian) was used in the original construction of the building, contrarily researchers believe limestone from the island was used in the 1902 renovations and not the original construction. Others suggest the original sandstone simply came from Aquia Creek in Stafford County, Virginia, as importing the stone would be too costly.NEWS,weblink Yugoslavs Claim Bit Of White House, Zentz, Wendy, November 9, 1986, SunSentinel, February 13, 2018, en, NEWS,weblink Stone from island off Croatia made White House and ancient Roman palace, Podolak, Janet, October 17, 2010, The News-Herald, February 13, 2018, en, WEB,weblink Croatia's Stone industry is expanding, www.litosonline.com, en, February 13, 2018, The initial construction took place over a period of eight years, at a reported cost of $232,371.83 (equal to ${{formatnum:{{Inflation|US|232371.83|1800}}}} today). Although not yet completed, the White House was ready for occupancy circa November 1, 1800.WEB,weblink Overview of the White House, November 9, 2007, White House Museum, Shortages, including material and labor, forced alterations to the earlier plan developed by French engineer Pierre Charles L'Enfant for a "palace" that was five times larger than the house that was eventually built. The finished structure contained only two main floors instead of the planned three, and a less costly brick served as a lining for the stone façades. When construction was finished, the porous sandstone walls were whitewashed with a mixture of lime, rice glue, casein, and lead, giving the house its familiar color and name.Several replicas of the White House have been constructed.

Architectural description

The north front is the principal façade of the White House and consists of three floors and eleven bays. The ground floor is hidden by a raised carriage ramp and parapet, thus the façade appears to be of two floors. The central three bays are behind a prostyle portico (this was a later addition to the house, built circa 1830) serving, thanks to the carriage ramp, as a porte cochere. The windows of the four bays flanking the portico, at first-floor level, have alternating pointed and segmented pediments, while at second-floor level the pediments are flat. The principal entrance at the center of the portico is surmounted by a lunette fanlight. Above the entrance is a sculpted floral festoon. The roofline is hidden by a balustraded parapet.The mansion's southern façade is a combination of the Palladian and neoclassical styles of architecture. It is of three floors, all visible. The ground floor is rusticated in the Palladian fashion. At the center of the façade is a neoclassical projecting bow of three bays. The bow is flanked by five bays, the windows of which, as on the north façade, have alternating segmented and pointed pediments at first-floor level. The bow has a ground floor double staircase leading to an Ionic colonnaded loggia (with the Truman Balcony at second-floor level), known as the south portico. The more modern third floor is hidden by a balustraded parapet and plays no part in the composition of the façade.

Naming conventions

The building was originally variously referred to as the "President's Palace", "Presidential Mansion", or "President's House".BOOK, Seale, William, The President's House, A History. Volume I., 1986, White House Historical Association, 1, 23, 978-0-912308-28-9, The earliest evidence of the public calling it the "White House" was recorded in 1811.BOOK, Seale, William, The White House, The History of an American Idea, 1992, The American Institute of Architects Press, 35. 1, 978-1-55835-049-6, A myth emerged that during the rebuilding of the structure after the Burning of Washington, white paint was applied to mask the burn damage it had suffered,BOOK, Unger, Harlow, The Last Founding Father:James Monroe and a Nation's Call to Greatness, Da Capo Press, New York, 2009, 978-0-306-81808-0, 277, giving the building its namesake hue.New York Life Insurance Company (1908), entry The name "Executive Mansion" was used in official contexts until President Theodore Roosevelt established the formal name by having "White House–Washington" engraved on the stationery in 1901.BOOK, Seale, William, The President's House, A History. Volume II., 1986, White House Historical Association, 689.1, 978-0-912308-28-9, The current letterhead wording and arrangement "The White House" with the word "Washington" centered beneath goes back to the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt.Although the structure was not completed until some years after the presidency of George Washington, there is speculation that the name of the traditional residence of the president of the United States may have derived from Martha Washington's home, White House Plantation in Virginia, where the nation's first president had courted the first lady in the mid-18th century.WEB,weblink New Kent County Comprehensive Plan, November 7, 2007, K.W. Poore and Associates, Inc., Earth Design Associates, Inc., June 2, 2002, PDF, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20071031055636weblink">weblink October 31, 2007,

Evolution of the White House

Early use, the 1814 fire, and rebuilding

On Saturday, November 1, 1800, John Adams became the first president to take residence in the building. The next day he wrote his wife Abigail:"I pray Heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this House, and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof."WEB,weblink The State Dining Room, November 2, 2007, White House Historical Association, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20061002225213weblink">weblink October 2, 2006, Franklin D. Roosevelt had Adams's blessing carved into the mantel in the State Dining Room.Adams lived in the house only briefly before Thomas Jefferson moved into the "pleasant country residence"WEB, Jefferson Describes the White House,weblink Original Manuscripts and Primary Sources, Shapell Manuscript Foundation, in 1801. Despite his complaints that the house was too big ("big enough for two emperors, one pope, and the grand lama in the bargain"John Whitcomb, Real Life at the White House: 200 Years of Daily Life at America's Most Famous Residence. Routledge, 2000. {{ISBN|978-0-415-92320-0}}. p. 15.), Jefferson considered how the White House might be added to. With Benjamin Henry Latrobe, he helped lay out the design for the East and West Colonnades, small wings that help conceal the domestic operations of laundry, a stable and storage. Today, Jefferson's colonnades link the residence with the East and West Wings.In 1814, during the War of 1812, the White House was set ablaze by British troopsWEB,weblink The East Room, November 2, 2007, White House Historical Association, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20071007081129weblink">weblink October 7, 2007, during the Burning of Washington, in retaliation for burning of Port Dover and other towns in Upper Canada; much of Washington was affected by these fires as well. Only the exterior walls remained, and they had to be torn down and mostly reconstructed because of weakening from the fire and subsequent exposure to the elements, except for portions of the south wall. Of the numerous objects taken from the White House when it was ransacked by British troops, only two have been recovered. Employees and slaves rescued a painting of George Washington, and in 1939, a Canadian man returned a jewelry box to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, claiming that his grandfather had taken it from Washington. Some observers allege that most of these spoils were lost when a convoy of British ships led by HMS Fantome sank en route to Halifax off Prospect during a storm on the night of November 24, 1814,WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20071203031420weblink">weblink yes, December 3, 2007, Treasure hunt or modern-day pirates?, canada.com, 2006, January 28, 2011, NEWS,weblink British warship sunk during war with US may hold lost treasures of White House, David, Usborne, November 27, 2005, The Independent, January 28, 2011, London, even though Fantome had no involvement in that action.JOURNAL, Young, G.F.W, HMS Fantome and the British Raid on Washington August 1814, Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society Journal, 10, 132–145, After the fire, President James Madison resided in the Octagon House from 1814 to 1815, and then the Seven Buildings from 1815 to the end of his term.Haas, Irvin. Historic Homes of the American Presidents. New York: Dover Publishing, 1991, p. 30. Meanwhile, both architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe and Hoban contributed to the design and oversight of the reconstruction, which lasted from 1815 until 1817. The south portico was constructed in 1824 during the James Monroe administration; the north portico was built six years later. Though Latrobe proposed similar porticos before the fire in 1814, both porticos were built as designed by Hoban.BOOK, The Domestic Architecture of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Michael W. Fazio and Patrick A. Snadon, 2006, 368–370, An elliptical portico at Château de Rastignac in La Bachellerie, France with nearly identical curved stairs is speculated as the source of inspiration due to its similarity with the South Portico,WEB,weblink Architectural Improvements: 1825–1872, November 2, 2007, The White House Museum, although this matter is one of great debate.WEB,weblink A chateau fit for a president, November 2, 2007, International Herald Tribune, September 15, 2006, Johnson, Michael, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070314011250weblink">weblink March 14, 2007, Italian artisans, brought to Washington to help in constructing the U.S. Capitol, carved the decorative stonework on both porticos. Contrary to speculation, the North Portico was not modeled on a similar portico on another Dublin building, the Viceregal Lodge (now Áras an Uachtaráin, residence of the President of Ireland), for its portico postdates the White House porticos' design. For the North Portico, a variation on the Ionic Order was devised incorporating a swag of roses between the volutes. This was done to link the new portico with the earlier carved roses above the entrance.File:The President's House by George Munger, 1814-1815 - Crop.jpg|The White House as it looked following the fire of August 24, 1814File:White-House.jpg|Jefferson and Latrobe's West Wing Colonnade, in this nineteenth-century engraved view, is now the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room.File:Latrobe White House cropa2.jpg|Principal story plan for the white house by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, 1807.File:White House 1846.jpg|Earliest known photograph of the White House, taken c. 1846 by John Plumbe during the administration of James K. Polk.

Overcrowding and building the West Wing

(File:White House entrance-hall Tiffany screen 1882 crop.jpg|thumb|Entrance Hall in 1882, showing the new Tiffany glass screen)By the time of the American Civil War, the White House had become overcrowded. The location of the White House was questioned, just north of a canal and swampy lands, which provided conditions ripe for malaria and other unhealthy conditions.JOURNAL, The East and West Wings of the White House, Epstein, Ellen Robinson, 1971–1972, Records of the Columbia Historical Society, Brigadier General Nathaniel Michler was tasked to propose solutions to address these concerns. He proposed abandoning the use of the White House as a residence and designed a new estate for the first family at Meridian Hill in Washington, D.C., but Congress rejected the plan.(File:WhiteHouseProposedAddition.jpg|thumb|right|Additions proposed by architect Frederick D. Owen (1901).)File:1860s White House.jpg|thumb|right|The North Lawn during the Abraham LincolnAbraham LincolnWhen Chester A. Arthur took office in 1881, he ordered renovations to the White House to take place as soon as the recently widowed Lucretia Garfield moved out. Arthur inspected the work almost nightly and made several suggestions. Louis Comfort Tiffany was asked to send selected designers to assist. Over twenty wagonloads of furniture and household items were removed from the building and sold at a public auction.BOOK, Reeves, Thomas C., Gentleman Boss, Alfred A. Knopf, 1975, NY, NY, 268, 978-0-394-46095-6, All that was saved were bust portraits of John Adams and Martin Van Buren.BOOK, Reeves, Thomas C., Gentleman Boss, Alfred A. Knopf, 1975, NY, NY, n473, 978-0-394-46095-6, A proposal was made to build a new residence south of the White House, but it failed to gain support.In the fall of 1882 work was done on the main corridor, including tinting the walls pale olive and adding squares of gold leaf, and decorating the ceiling in gold and silver, and colorful traceries woven to spell "USA". The Red Room was painted a dull Pomeranian red, and its ceiling was decorated with gold, silver, and copper stars and stripes of red, white, and blue. A fifty-foot jeweled Tiffany glass screen, supported by imitation marble columns, replaced the glass doors that separated the main corridor from the north vestibule.BOOK, Reeves, Thomas C., Gentleman Boss, Alfred A. Knopf, 1975, NY, NY, 269, 978-0-394-46095-6, WEB, The Grand Illumination: Sunset of the Gaslight Age, 1891,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110507020213weblink">weblink yes, May 7, 2011, The White House Historical Association, December 12, 2013, In 1891, First Lady Caroline Harrison proposed major extensions to the White House, including a National Wing on the east for a historical art gallery, and a wing on the west for official functions. A plan was devised by Colonel Theodore A. Bingham, which reflected the Harrison proposal. These plans were ultimately rejected.However, in 1902 Theodore Roosevelt hired McKim, Mead & White to carry out expansions and renovations in a neoclassical style suited to the building's architecture, removing the Tiffany screen and all Victorian additions.WEB, The Entrance Hall,weblink The White House Museum, December 12, 2013, WEB, Theodore Roosevelt Renovation, 1902,weblink The White House Museum, December 12, 2013, Charles McKim himself designed and managed the project, which gave more living space to the president's large family by removing a staircase in the West Hall and moving executive office staff from the second floor of the residence into the new West Wing.President William Howard Taft enlisted the help of architect Nathan C. Wyeth to add additional space to the West Wing, which included the addition of the Oval Office. In 1925, Congress enacted legislation allowing the White House to accept gifts of furniture and art for the first time.{{sfn|Abbott|Rice|1998|page=17}} The West Wing was damaged by fire on Christmas Eve 1929; Herbert Hoover and his aides moved back into it on April 14, 1930.WEB, Treese, Joel D., Phifer, Evan, The Christmas Eve West Wing Fire of 1929,weblink February 9, 2016, The White House Historical Association, June 28, 2019, In the 1930s, a second story was added, as well as a larger basement for White House staff, and President Franklin Roosevelt had the Oval Office moved to its present location: adjacent to the Rose Garden.

Truman reconstruction

File:The Shell of the White House during the Renovation-05-17-1950.jpg|thumb|Truman reconstruction, 1949–1952, a steel structure is built within the exterior shell]]Decades of poor maintenance, the construction of a fourth story attic during the Coolidge administration, and the addition of a second-floor balcony over the south portico for Harry S. TrumanWEB,weblink Truman Reconstruction: 1948–1952, November 7, 2007, White House Museum, took a great toll on the brick and sandstone structure built around a timber frame. By 1948, the house was declared to be in imminent danger of collapse, forcing President Truman to commission a reconstruction and to live across the street at Blair House from 1949 to 1951.NEWS,weblink Fit for Dignitaries, Blair House Reopens Its Stately Doors, November 9, 2007, The New York Times, June 16, 1988, Suzanne, Slesin, The work, done by the firm of Philadelphia contractor John McShain, required the complete dismantling of the interior spaces, construction of a new load-bearing internal steel frame and the reconstruction of the original rooms within the new structure. The total cost of the renovations was about $5.7 million (${{formatnum:{{Inflation|US|5.7|1951|r=0}}}} million in {{Inflation/year|US}}).NEWS, Mrs. Truman Shows Off White House To News Writers, Palm Beach Post, 7, UP, March 24, 1952, March 29, 2012,weblinkweblink" title="archive.is/20130125081636weblink">weblink yes, January 25, 2013, Some modifications to the floor plan were made, the largest being the repositioning of the grand staircase to open into the Entrance Hall, rather than the Cross Hall. Central air conditioning was added, as well as two additional sub-basements providing space for workrooms, storage, and a bomb shelter. The Trumans moved back into the White House on March 27, 1952. While the house's structure was kept intact by the Truman reconstruction, much of the new interior finishes were generic, and of little historic value. Much of the original plasterwork, some dating back to the 1814–1816 rebuilding, was too damaged to reinstall, as was the original robust Beaux Arts paneling in the East Room. President Truman had the original timber frame sawed into paneling; the walls of the Vermeil Room, Library, China Room, and Map Room on the ground floor of the main residence were paneled in wood from the timbers.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20010124070200weblink">weblink yes, January 24, 2001, Library Art and Furnishings, November 7, 2007, The White House,

Jacqueline Kennedy restoration

File:BoudinRedRoom.jpg|thumb|The Red Room as designed by Stéphane BoudinStéphane BoudinJacqueline Kennedy, wife of President John F. Kennedy (1961–63), directed a very extensive and historic redecoration of the house. She enlisted the help of Henry Francis du Pont of the Winterthur Museum to assist in collecting artifacts for the mansion, many of which had once been housed there. Other antiques, fine paintings, and improvements of the Kennedy period were donated to the White House by wealthy philanthropists, including the Crowninshield family, Jane Engelhard, Jayne Wrightsman, and the Oppenheimer family.Stéphane Boudin of the House of Jansen, a Paris interior-design firm that had been recognized worldwide, was employed by Jacqueline Kennedy to assist with the decoration. Different periods of the early republic and world history were selected as a theme for each room: the Federal style for the Green Room, French Empire for the Blue Room, American Empire for the Red Room, Louis XVI for the Yellow Oval Room, and Victorian for the president's study, renamed the Treaty Room. Antique furniture was acquired, and decorative fabric and trim based on period documents was produced and installed. The Kennedy restoration resulted in a more authentic White House of grander stature, which recalled the French taste of Madison and Monroe.WEB,weblink Kennedy Renovation: 1961–1963, November 7, 2007, White House Museum, In the Diplomatic Reception Room, Mrs. Kennedy installed an antique "Vue de l'Amérique Nord" wallpaper which Zuber & Cie had designed in 1834. The wallpaper had hung previously on the walls of another mansion until 1961 when that house was demolished for a grocery store. Just before the demolition, the wallpaper was salvaged and sold to the White House.The first White House guidebook was produced under the direction of curator Lorraine Waxman Pearce with direct supervision from Mrs. Kennedy.WEB,weblink 3,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090303180252weblink">weblink March 3, 2009, Jacqueline Kennedy in the White House, November 9, 2007, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, yes, Sale of the guidebook helped finance the restoration.Kennedy showed her restoration of the White House to the public in a televised tour of the house on Valentine's Day in 1962.NEWS,weblink Jackie Kennedy's devotion to White House revealed, February 14, 2012, CBS News, April 7, 2015,

The White House since the Kennedy restoration

File:Aerial view of Lafayette Park and Washington Mall, Washington, D.C LCCN2010630447.tif|thumb|upright=1.5|left|The White House complex and vicinity, viewed from the north with the Potomac River, Jefferson Memorial and Washington MonumentWashington MonumentCongress enacted legislation in September 1961 declaring the White House a museum. Furniture, fixtures, and decorative arts could now be declared either historic or of artistic interest by the president. This prevented them from being sold (as many objects in the executive mansion had been in the past 150 years). When not in use or display at the White House, these items were to be turned over to the Smithsonian Institution for preservation, study, storage, or exhibition. The White House retains the right to have these items returned.{{sfn|Abbott|Rice|1998|page=29}}Out of respect for the historic character of the White House, no substantive architectural changes have been made to the house since the Truman renovation.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110101180146weblink">weblink yes, January 1, 2011, Architecture: 1970s, December 7, 2008, White House Historical Association, Since the Kennedy restoration, every presidential family has made some changes to the private quarters of the White House, but the Committee for the Preservation of the White House must approve any modifications to the State Rooms. Charged with maintaining the historical integrity of the White House, the congressionally authorized committee works with each First Family—usually represented by the first lady, the White House curator, and the chief usher—to implement the family's proposals for altering the house.WEB,weblink Executive Order 11145—Providing for a Curator of the White House and establishing a Committee for the Preservation of the White House, November 8, 2007, The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, During the Nixon Administration (1969–1974), First Lady Pat Nixon refurbished the Green Room, Blue Room, and Red Room, working with Clement Conger, the curator appointed by President Richard Nixon.WEB, Caroli, Betty Boyd, Pat Nixon: American first lady,weblink January 3, 2008, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., January 21, 2017, Mrs. Nixon's efforts brought more than 600 artifacts to the house, the largest acquisition by any administration.WEB,weblink First Lady Biography: Pat Nixon, November 8, 2007, The National First Ladies Library, 2005, For the White House itself, and thus for the American people, Pat Nixon also decided to accelerate the collection process of fine antiques as well as historically associative pieces, adding some 600 paintings and antiques to the White House Collection. It was the single greatest collecting during any Administration., Her husband created the modern press briefing room over Franklin Roosevelt's old swimming pool.NEWS,weblink WhiteHouse.gov, A Press Pool, Nixon also added a single-lane bowling alley to the White House basement.WEB, The White House, December 7, 2008,weblink Ask the White House, May 9, 2005, Computers and the first laser printer were added during the Carter administration, and the use of computer technology was expanded during the Reagan administration.WEB,weblink Technology: 1980s, December 7, 2008, White House Historical Association, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20081202162156weblink">weblink December 2, 2008, A Carter-era innovation, a set of solar water heating panels that were mounted on the roof of the White House, was removed during Reagan's presidency.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20041206213019weblink">weblink yes, December 6, 2004, Maine college to auction off former White House solar panels, October 28, 2004, January 31, 2010, NEWS,weblink Huffington Post, White House Solar Panels: What Ever Happened To Carter's Solar Thermal Water Heater? (VIDEO), January 27, 2009, January 31, 2010, Dave, Burdick, Redecorations were made to the private family quarters and maintenance was made to public areas during the Reagan years. The house was accredited as a museum in 1988.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110117151953weblink">weblink yes, January 17, 2011, Decorative Arts: 1980s, December 7, 2008, White House Historical Association, In the 1990s, Bill and Hillary Clinton refurbished some rooms with the assistance of Arkansas decorator Kaki Hockersmith, including the Oval Office, the East Room, Blue Room, State Dining Room, Lincoln Bedroom, and Lincoln Sitting Room.NEWS,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20081206172237weblink">weblink December 6, 2008, White House makeover, December 7, 2008, November 12, 2008, The Californian, Koncius, Jura, During the administration of George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush refurbished the Lincoln Bedroom in a style contemporary with the Lincoln era; the Green Room, Cabinet Room, and theater were also refurbished.The White House became one of the first wheelchair-accessible government buildings in Washington when modifications were made during the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who used a wheelchair because of his paralytic illness. In the 1990s, Hillary Clinton, at the suggestion of Visitors Office Director Melinda N. Bates, approved the addition of a ramp in the East Wing corridor. It allowed easy wheelchair access for the public tours and special events that enter through the secure entrance building on the east side.In 2003, the Bush administration reinstalled solar thermal heaters. These units are used to heat water for landscape maintenance personnel and for the presidential pool and spa. 167 solar photovoltaic grid-tied panels were installed at the same time on the roof of the maintenance facility. The changes were not publicized as a White House spokeswoman said the changes were an internal matter. The story was picked up by industry trade journals.WEB,weblink SOLAR ENERGY IS BACK AT THE WHITE HOUSE, In 2013, President Barack Obama had a set of solar panels installed on the roof of the White House, making it the first time solar power would be used for the president's living quarters.NEWS,weblink Fox News, Solar panels installed on White House roof, August 15, 2013, WEB,weblink White House Finally Gets Solar Panels, ABC, News,

Layout and amenities

Today the group of buildings housing the presidency is known as the White House Complex. It includes the central Executive Residence flanked by the East Wing and West Wing. The Chief Usher coordinates day to day household operations. The White House includes: six stories and 55,000 ft2 (5,100 m2) of floor space, 132 rooms and 35 bathrooms, 412 doors, 147 windows, twenty-eight fireplaces, eight staircases, three elevators, five full-time chefs, a tennis court, a (single-lane) bowling alley, a movie theater (officially called the White House Family TheaterNEWS, Variety, Ted Johnson,weblink July 23, 2011, November 19, 2012, Now playing at the White House: East Wing holds movie theater for First Family and friends, ), a jogging track, a swimming pool, and a putting green.WEB, White House Facts,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20071010074200weblink">weblink October 10, 2007, The White House, February 24, 2017, It receives up to 30,000 visitors each week.NEWS,weblink Inside the Presidency, National Geographic, January 2009, June 24, 2012, Bumiller, Elizabeth, {{multiple image
| align =center
| direction =horizontal
| perrow = 3
| image1 = White House and grounds.png
| width1 = 68
| caption1 = Layout of entire site
| image2 = WHComplex.svg
| width2 = 300
| caption2 = White House Complex
| image3 = White House West Wing FloorPlan1.svg
| width3 = 168
| caption3 = West Wing
| image4 = WHground.svg
| width4 = 150
| caption4 = Ground floor
| image5 = White House State Floor.svg
| width5 = 153
| caption5 = State floor
| image6 = White House FloorPlan2.svg
| width6 = 150
| caption6 = Second floor (residence)
}}

Executive Residence

The original residence is in the center. Two colonnades—one on the east and one on the west—designed by Jefferson, now serve to connect the East and West Wings added later. The Executive Residence houses the president's dwelling, as well as rooms for ceremonies and official entertaining. The State Floor of the residence building includes the East Room, Green Room, Blue Room, Red Room, State Dining Room, Family Dining Room, Cross Hall, Entrance Hall, and Grand Staircase.WEB,weblink White House Residence First Floor, November 9, 2007, White House Museum, The Ground Floor is made up of the Diplomatic Reception Room, Map Room, China Room, Vermeil Room, Library, the main kitchen, and other offices.WEB,weblink White House Residence Ground Floor, November 9, 2007, White House Museum, The second floor family residence includes the Yellow Oval Room, East and West Sitting Halls, the White House Master Bedroom, President's Dining Room, the Treaty Room, Lincoln Bedroom and Queens' Bedroom, as well as two additional bedrooms, a smaller kitchen, and a private dressing room.WEB,weblink White House Residence Second Floor, November 9, 2007, White House Museum, The third floor consists of the White House Solarium, Game Room, Linen Room, a Diet Kitchen, and another sitting room (previously used as President George W. Bush's workout room).WEB,weblink White House Residence Third Floor, November 9, 2007, White House Museum,

West Wing

The West Wing houses the president's office (the Oval Office) and offices of his senior staff, with room for about 50 employees. It also includes the Cabinet Room, where the president conducts business meetings and where the Cabinet meets,WEB,weblink Debates and Decisions: Life in the Cabinet Room, November 9, 2007, The White House, as well as the White House Situation Room, James S. Brady Press Briefing Room, and Roosevelt Room.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20021122220321weblink">weblink yes, November 22, 2002, White House History and Tours, November 9, 2007, The White House, In 2007, work was completed on renovations of the press briefing room, adding fiber optic cables and LCD screens for the display of charts and graphs.NEWS,weblink Mike Allen, The Politicodate=July 7, 2007, The makeover took 11 months and cost of $8 million, out of which news outlets paid $2 million. In September 2010, White House Big Dig began on the West Wing, creating a multistory underground structure;WHITE HOUSE BIG DIG WRAPS UP, BUT THE PROJECT REMAINS SHROUDED IN MYSTERY URL=HTTP://WWW.NYDAILYNEWS.COM/NEWS/POLITICS/WHITE-HOUSE-BIG-DIG-WRAPS-PROJECT-REMAINS-SHROUDED-MYSTERY-ARTICLE-1.1158343 DATE=SEPTEMBER 13, 2012 URL=HTTP://WWW.DAILYMAIL.CO.UK/NEWS/ARTICLE-2094218/OBAMA-DEFINITELY-OVAL-OFFICE-YEAR-CLOSES-RENOVATION.HTML#AXZZ2KRDYK6VK DATE=JANUARY 31, 2012 LOCATION=LONDON, The Oval Office, Roosevelt Room, and other portions of the West Wing were partially replicated on a sound stage and used as the setting for the popular television show The West Wing.WEB, The West Wing of The West Wing,weblink The White House Museum,

East Wing

The East Wing, which contains additional office space, was added to the White House in 1942. Among its uses, the East Wing has intermittently housed the offices and staff of the first lady, and the White House Social Office. Rosalynn Carter, in 1977, was the first to place her personal office in the East Wing and to formally call it the "Office of the First Lady". The East Wing was built during World War II in order to hide the construction of an underground bunker to be used in emergencies. The bunker has come to be known as the Presidential Emergency Operations Center.

Grounds

The White House and grounds cover just over 18 acres (about 7.3 hectares). Before the construction of the North Portico, most public events were entered from the South Lawn, which was graded and planted by Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson also drafted a planting plan for the North Lawn that included large trees that would have mostly obscured the house from Pennsylvania Avenue. During the mid-to-late 19th century a series of ever larger greenhouses were built on the west side of the house, where the current West Wing is located. During this period, the North Lawn was planted with ornate carpet-style flowerbeds. The general layout of the White House grounds today is based on the 1935 design by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. of the Olmsted Brothers firm, commissioned by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. During the Kennedy administration, the White House Rose Garden was redesigned by Rachel Lambert Mellon. The Rose Garden borders the West Colonnade. Bordering the East Colonnade is the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, which was begun by Jacqueline Kennedy but completed after her husband's assassination. On the weekend of June 23, 2006, a century-old American Elm (Ulmus americana L.) tree on the north side of the building came down during one of the many storms amid intense flooding. Among the oldest trees on the grounds are several magnolias (Magnolia grandiflora) planted by Andrew Jackson, including the Jackson Magnolia, reportedly grown from a sprout taken from the favorite tree of Jackson's recently deceased wife, the sprout planted after Jackson moved into the White House. The tree stood for over 200 years; but in 2017, having become too weak to stand on its own, it was decided it should be removed and replaced with one of its offspring.WEB,weblink White House Magnolia Tree Planted by Andrew Jackson Will Be Cut Down, Smithsonian Magazine, December 28, 2017, December 28, 2017, WEB,weblink The story of the White House's famous magnolia tree, Washington Post, December 27, 2017, December 28, 2017, Michelle Obama planted the White House's first organic garden and installed beehives on the South Lawn of the White House, which will supply organic produce and honey to the First Family and for state dinners and other official gatherings.WEB,weblink Michelle Obama Goes Organic and Brings in the Bees, Washington Whispers, March 28, 2009, August 15, 2010, File:White-house-floor1-cross-Hall.jpg|The Cross Hall, connecting the State Dining Room and the East Room on the State FloorFile:WhSouthLawn.JPEG|Marine One prepares to land on the South Lawn, where State Arrival Ceremonies are held.File:White House, Blue Sky.jpg|View from the south, with fountainFile:1122-WAS-The White House.JPG|View from the northFile:The White House at night, 2011.jpg|White House at night, view from the north

Public access and security

{{See also|White House Visitors Office|List of White House security breaches}}

Historical accessibility

Like the English and Irish country houses it was modeled on, the White House was, from the start, open to the public until the early part of the 20th century. President Thomas Jefferson held an open house for his second inaugural in 1805, and many of the people at his swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol followed him home, where he greeted them in the Blue Room. Those open houses sometimes became rowdy: in 1829, President Andrew Jackson had to leave for a hotel when roughly 20,000 citizens celebrated his inauguration inside the White House. His aides ultimately had to lure the mob outside with washtubs filled with a potent cocktail of orange juice and whiskey. Even so, the practice continued until 1885, when newly elected Grover Cleveland arranged for a presidential review of the troops from a grandstand in front of the White House instead of the traditional open house. Jefferson also permitted public tours of his house, which have continued ever since, except during wartime, and began the tradition of annual receptions on New Year's Day and on the Fourth of July. Those receptions ended in the early 1930s, although President Bill Clinton briefly revived the New Year's Day open house in his first term.The White House remained accessible in other ways; President Abraham Lincoln complained that he was constantly beleaguered by job seekers waiting to ask him for political appointments or other favors, or eccentric dispensers of advice like "General" Daniel Pratt, as he began the business day. Lincoln put up with the annoyance rather than risk alienating some associate or friend of a powerful politician or opinion maker.{{citation needed|date=November 2012}}

Aviation incidents

{{Update|section|date=April 2015}}In February 1974, a stolen army helicopter landed without authorization on the White House's grounds.WEB, Freeze, Christopher, The Time a Stolen Helicopter Landed on the White House Lawn - Robert Preston's wild ride.,weblink Air & Space, Smithsonian, March 22, 2017, Twenty years later, in 1994, a light plane flown by Frank Eugene Corder crashed on the White House grounds, and he died instantly.NEWS,weblink BBC News, White House security scares, February 7, 2001, As a result of increased security regarding air traffic in the capital, the White House was evacuated in May 2005 before an unauthorized aircraft could approach the grounds.NEWS, Joe Johns, Kelli Arena, Kathleen Koch, Intruding pilots released without charges,weblink CNN, May 12, 2005, November 8, 2007,

Closure of Pennsylvania Avenue

(File:U.S. Secret Service Agent.jpg|left|thumb|A uniformed U.S. Secret Service Agent on Pennsylvania Avenue.)On May 20, 1995, primarily as a response to the Oklahoma City bombing of April 19, 1995, the United States Secret Service closed off Pennsylvania Avenue to vehicular traffic in front of the White House from the eastern edge of Lafayette Park to 17th Street. Later, the closure was extended an additional block to the east to 15th Street, and East Executive Avenue, a small street between the White House and the Treasury Building.After September 11, 2001, this was made permanent in addition to closing E Street between the South Portico of the White House and the Ellipse.WEB, Public Report of the White House Security Review,weblink Order of the Secretary of the Treasury, November 8, 2007, In response to the Boston Marathon bombing, the road was closed to the public in its entirety for a period of two days.The Pennsylvania Avenue closing has been opposed by organized civic groups in Washington, D.C. They argue that the closing impedes traffic flow unnecessarily and is inconsistent with the well-conceived historic plan for the city. As for security considerations, they note that the White House is set much farther back from the street than numerous other sensitive federal buildings are.WEB, Statement of Committee of 100 on the Federal City and The National Coalition to Save Our Mall,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20030425145712weblink">weblink yes, April 25, 2003, National Coalition to Save Our Mall, Inc, November 8, 2007, 2004, Prior to its inclusion within the fenced compound that now includes the Old Executive Office Building to the west and the Treasury Building to the east, this sidewalk served as a queuing area for the daily public tours of the White House. These tours were suspended in the wake of the September 11 attacks. In September 2003, they resumed on a limited basis for groups making prior arrangements through their Congressional representatives or embassies in Washington for foreign nationals and submitting to background checks, but the White House remained closed to the public.WEB, Visiting the White House,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20010913035200weblink">weblink yes, September 13, 2001, The White House, November 8, 2007, White House tours were suspended for most of 2013 due to budget constraints after sequestration.NEWS, White House tours canceled due to federal budget cuts,weblink LA Times, March 6, 2013, Kathleen, Hennessey, March 5, 2013, The White House reopened to the public in November 2013.WEB, White House Tours To Resume In November (With A Catch),weblink International Business Times, April 19, 2014,

Protection

The White House Complex is protected by the United States Secret Service and the United States Park Police.NASAMS (Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile System) were used to guard air space over Washington, D.C. during the 2005 presidential inauguration. The same NASAMS units have since been used to protect the president and all airspace around the White House, which is strictly prohibited to aircraft.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="archive.is/20120801130418weblink">weblink yes, August 1, 2012, Norske våpen vokter presidenten : Gründer Økonomisk Rapport, Grunder, January 31, 2006, August 15, 2010, NEWS,weblink Norge sikret innsettelsen av Bush – Nyheter, Dagbladet, March 13, 2006, August 15, 2010, File:PennAveWhiteHouse.jpg|For security reasons, the section of Pennsylvania Avenue on the north side of the White House is closed to all vehicular traffic, except government officials.File:US $20 Series 2006 Reverse.jpg|North front of the White House on the reverse (back) of the U.S. bill.

See also

{{Div col|colwidth=30em}} {{Div col end}}

References

{{reflist|30em}}

Bibliography

  • BOOK, harv, Abbott, James A., Rice, Elaine M., Designing Camelot: The Kennedy White House Restoration, New York, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1998, 0442025327,

Further reading

  • Abbott, James A. A Frenchman in Camelot: The Decoration of the Kennedy White House by Stéphane Boudin. Boscobel Restoration Inc.: 1995. {{ISBN|978-0-9646659-0-3}}.
  • Abbott, James A. Jansen. Acanthus Press: 2006. {{ISBN|978-0-926494-33-6}}.
  • Clinton, Hillary Rodham. An Invitation to the White House: At Home with History. Simon & Schuster: 2000. {{ISBN|978-0-684-85799-2}}.
  • Garrett, Wendell. Our Changing White House. Northeastern University Press: 1995. {{ISBN|978-1-55553-222-2}}.
  • Guidas, John. The White House: Resources for Research at the Library of Congress. Library of Congress, 1992.
  • Huchet de Quénetain, Christophe.De quelques bronzes dorés français conservés à la Maison-Blanche à Washington D.C.in La Revue, Pierre Bergé & associés, n°6, mars 2005 pp.54–5. {{OCLC|62701407}}.
  • Kenny, Peter M., Frances F. Bretter and Ulrich Leben. Honoré Lannuier Cabinetmaker from Paris: The Life and Work of French Ébiniste in Federal New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and Harry Abrams: 1998. {{ISBN|978-0-87099-836-2}}.
  • Klara, Robert. The Hidden White House: Harry Truman and the Reconstruction of America's Most Famous Residence. Thomas Dunne Books: 2013. {{ISBN|978-1-2500-0027-9}}.
  • Kloss, William. Art in the White House: A Nation's Pride. White House Historical Association in cooperation with the National Geographic Society, 1992. {{ISBN|978-0-8109-3965-3}}.
  • Leish, Kenneth. The White House. Newsweek Book Division: 1972. {{ISBN|978-0-88225-020-5}}.
  • McKellar, Kenneth, Douglas W. Orr, Edward Martin, et al. Report of the Commission on the Renovation of the Executive Mansion. Commission on the Renovation of the Executive Mansion, Government Printing Office: 1952.
  • Monkman, Betty C. The White House: The Historic Furnishing & First Families. Abbeville Press: 2000. {{ISBN|978-0-7892-0624-4}}.
  • New York Life Insurance Company. The Presidents from 1789 to 1908 and the History of the White House. New York Life Insurance Company: 1908.
  • Penaud, Guy Dictionnaire des châteaux du Périgord. Editions Sud-Ouest: 1996. {{ISBN|978-2-87901-221-6}}.
  • Phillips-Schrock, Patrick. The White House: An Illustrated Architectural History (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2013) 196 pp.
  • Seale, William. The President's House. White House Historical Association and the National Geographic Society: 1986. {{ISBN|978-0-912308-28-9}}.
  • Seale, William, The White House: The History of an American Idea. White House Historical Association: 1992, 2001. {{ISBN|978-0-912308-85-2}}.
  • West, J.B. with Mary Lynn Kotz. Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies. Coward, McCann & Geoghegan: 1973. {{ISBN|978-0-698-10546-1}}.
  • Wolff, Perry. A Tour of the White House with Mrs. John F. Kennedy. Doubleday & Company: 1962.
  • Exhibition Catalogue, Sale 6834: The Estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis April 23–26, 1996. Sothebys, Inc.: 1996.
  • The White House: An Historic Guide. White House Historical Association and the National Geographic Society: 2001. {{ISBN|978-0-912308-79-1}}.
  • The White House. The First Two Hundred Years, ed. by Frank Freidel/William Pencak, Boston 1994.

External links

{{Commons category|White House}} {{White House|state=collapsed}}{{Washington DC landmarks}}{{US POTUS Emergency Posts}}{{National Register of Historic Places}}{{Official Government residences in North America and the Caribbean}}{{Authority control}}

- content above as imported from Wikipedia
- "White House" does not exist on GetWiki (yet)
- time: 4:20pm EDT - Sun, Aug 25 2019
[ this remote article is provided by Wikipedia ]
LATEST EDITS [ see all ]
GETWIKI 09 JUL 2019
Eastern Philosophy
History of Philosophy
GETWIKI 09 MAY 2016
GETWIKI 18 OCT 2015
M.R.M. Parrott
Biographies
GETWIKI 20 AUG 2014
GETWIKI 19 AUG 2014
CONNECT