this white limestone federal style town house was built in 1824. since 1942 it serves as a guest house to foreign heads of state visiting washington on official business. president harry truman lived in the blair house during a renovation of the white house. on nov. 1st 1950 two puerto rican nationalists tried to assassinate president truman on the steps of the blair house. not open to the public.
Blair House is the residence across the street from the White House where some foreign dignitaries stay when they visit the President. Also, in the days before a new president is sworn in, the president-elect and his family stay at the Blair House. From 1949-1951, the White House underwent massive renovations. During that interim, Harry, Bess and Margaret Truman called Blair House home. On the front gate is a plaque commemorating a federal agent (Leslie Cofelt) who was killed by an extremist for Puerto Rican independence who was looking to assassinate Harry Truman. At that time, the presidential guard had to be authorised by Congress year on year because people saw a presidential guard as an undemocratic sign of royalty. The gun battle on 1 November 1950 settled that matter once and for all.