Friday, July 3, 2015

The White House - Priceless!

Celebrating Independence Day at the White House

Welcome to this grand mansion in the neo-classical Federal style, with details that echo classical Greek Ionic architecture! The White House was designed by Irish architect, James Hoban, in 1792. His original design was modeled after the Leinster House in Dublin, Ireland and did not include the north and south porticos. After 8 years of construction, John and Abigail Adams moved into the President’s House on November 1, 1800 and lived on the second floor as the first floor housed the servants. During Monroe’s administration, the South Portico was constructed in 1824, and Andrew Jackson oversaw the addition of the North Portico in 1829.

Every president since John Adams has occupied the White House. Today, the White House has 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, and 6 levels! There are also 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators. The president’s offices, also known as the West Wing, includes a unique Oval Office and an underground, state-of-the-art Situation Room. Perfect for working from home! 

The spacious and private grounds provide a buffer from onlookers and feature the lush Kennedy Garden and beautiful Rose Garden. There is also a tennis court, basketball court, putting green, and White House kitchen garden, which includes over 50 kinds of vegetables, as well as berries, herbs, and a beehive! 

The Ground Floor Corridor rooms are now transformed from their early use as service areas, and the State Floor rooms have entertained countless leaders and dignitaries. The White House is truly both the home of the President of the United States his family, and a museum of American history.  From the Grand Staircase to the Oval office, this exceptional home is truly a 10!