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. . . U.S. GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS . . . (Click on an image to see the actual notecard size)
The White House
Washington, D.C.

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The White House Designed by Irish-born architect James Hoban in 1792, the White House is the oldest public building in the District of Columbia. It has been the official residence of every American President except George Washington.

On November 1, 1800, just a few months before the end of his term, President John Adams and his family moved into the new, but not-yet completed White House. The east and west terraces were built during Thomas Jefferson's administration.

After being burned by British forces on August 24, 1814, the structure was rebuilt and the north and south porticoes were added. The reconstructed White House was ready for occupancy by James Monroe in September 1817.

Over the years, the White House has undergone an almost unceasing pace of facelifts and modernization projects, including the installation of indoor plumbing in 1833, gas lighting in 1848, central heating in 1853 and electric lights in 1891. The White House was completely rebuilt within its original walls in 1948-52.

At first the structure was called the President's House and later it was known as the Executive Mansion. In 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt changed the official name of the structure to "the White House" to reflect the popular use of the name.

Text © 1996 Dianne Harrah, Drawing © 1996 Bill Harrah

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