Thursday, March 24, 2011

The White House - Washington DC

The White House
Washington, D.C.
The first public building to be begun in Washington when its cornerstone was laid on October 13, 1792.  All Presidents except George Washington, have lived here.  The mansion was partially destroyed by the British in 1814, but was rebuilt during the two decated following, adding the north and south porticos.  During the period 1948-1952 it was completely renovated and restored at at cost of almost six million dollars.  Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

The White House has bee the home of the Presidents from the time of John Adams to the present.  Washington selected the site, laid the cornerstone in 1792,  and with his wife, Marth, inspected the finished building in 1799.  The building is of Virginia freestone.  After the house had been fired by British Troops in 1814 and only the walls were left standing, the restored exterior was painted white to obliterate the marks of the fire.

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