Photographer/Creator

Chet Smolski, Rhode Island College

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Date

Spring 4-1958

Description

The White House has served as the home for the American Presidents and their families for more than 200 years. The first cornerstone was laid in 1792, and the building was completed around 1800. George Washington commissioned the construction of the White House, although John Adams was the first president to live there. City planner Pierre L’Enfant, who is responsible for much of the planning and design of Washington, D.C. selected the site at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Irish-born architect James Hoban created the award winning design. The White House is the only private residence of a head of state that is open to the public for tours, free of charge.

Notes

http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/history

Building Type

Mansion

Subject Headings

Architecture -- Historic buildings -- Washington D.C.; Architecture, American; City planning;

Country Name

United States of America

Region Name

District of Columbia

City Name

Washington D.C.

Street Address

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Keywords

historic buildings; planned cities; White House; president; capitol city;

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