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The White House

Since President John Adams, the White House has been the home of the US presidents and their families.  The White House has since then become synonymous with the US Presidency.

The White House

The White House has been the residence of many presidents of the United States. It certainly has not offered the same facilities to each president, though; the White House has undergone a number of construction projects, including the addition of the East and West Wings, among other projects.

The name “White House” does not do justice to the variety of activities that go on here. It is not only where the president of the United States lives, but also where he carries out many daily administrative tasks and where he has space to have fun with his family. The White House has living quarters, offices, and a number of recreational facilities including a swimming pool, a home theater, and a putting green. Certain portions are open for public tours, however, tours must be reserved ahead of time.

White House Useful Links

The White House:

The White House Visitor Center:

Interesting Facts About the White House

  • The White House has a twin in Ireland–the Leinster House in Dublin, which was once the house of the Duke of Leinster but is now the seat of the Irish parliament.
  • Before Theodore Roosevelt took office and took up residence, it was known as the Executive Mansion.
  • Living in this luxurious home may be a perk of being the president, but living there does not come without cost to the president; the president does pay a monthly bill for his living expenses.
  • The cornerstone was misplaced in 1792 shortly after it was laid, and to this day, no one knows how the cornerstone went missing or where it is.

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Federal Government Attraction Links

Washington DC Capitol Building – CAPITOL BUILDING

United States Supreme Court – SUPREME COURT

The White House – WHITE HOUSE

National Archives – NATIONAL ARCHIVES

Other Sites

White House Visitors Center

Capitol Hill Visitors Center

The White House – Additional Information

Here are some tips on how to visit the White House in Washington, D.C.:

  • Make a reservation. Tours of the White House are free, but they are highly competitive and reservations are required. You can make a reservation up to three months in advance and no less than 21 days in advance. You can do so by visiting the White House website or by calling the White House Visitor Office at (202) 456-7041.
  • Arrive early. Tours of the White House typically begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m., but they can fill up quickly. It is recommended to arrive at least 30 minutes before your tour time.
  • Dress appropriately. The dress code for the White House is business casual. Shorts, tank tops, flip-flops, and hats are not allowed.
  • Be prepared for security. All visitors will be subject to a security screening. This includes a metal detector and a pat-down.
  • Be respectful. The White House is a working office building and the home of the President of the United States. Please be respectful of the staff and the building.
  • Enjoy your tour! The White House is a beautiful and historic building. Be sure to take your time and enjoy your visit.

Here is some additional information about the White House:

  • The White House is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C.
  • The White House is open to the public for tours on a limited basis.
  • Tours of the White House typically last for about 30 minutes.
  • The White House is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
  • For more information about visiting the White House, please visit the White House website.
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