I thought that the White House is this huge building because it is so famous around the world. But, it was just an ordinary building. It is the people who lives in there that makes it really famous! The security is very strict and the line is long so I didn't really go inside. I took pictures outside and moved on! (I was there in 1993 so the security was not as tough as today!)
The White House was constructed between 1792 and 1800. After being burned by British soldiers during the War of 1812 ot was reconstructed, and it has been the home of every president of the United States since John Adams. The exterior of the main structure, despite some additions and minor changes, remains much as it was in 1800. During the Truman administration, the Truman's had to move to Blair House while the termite damage was repaired because Truman's piano was in danger of falling through the floor.
The White House is open again for historical walking tours. I am not absolutely sure that I have toured the White House, but I think maybe I did. It is now called The President's Park and is under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. I don't have, or can't find, a photo, so the National Park Service has made available photos to be used as long as you give them credit for the photo.
The NPS website says: Public tours of the White House are available for groups of 10 or more people. Requests must be submitted through one's Member of Congress and are accepted up to six months in advance. These self-guided tours are available from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (excluding federal holidays), and are scheduled on a first come, first served basis approximately one month in advance of the requested date. Tours are always subject to cancellation.
Operating Hours & Seasons
WHITE HOUSE VISITOR CENTER Daily; 7:30 am - 4:00 pm Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & New Year's Day
ELLIPSE VISITOR PAVILION Daily; 8:00 am - 3:00 pm Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & New Year's Day
You have to visit where the president lives ! After all, its what most people think of when they hear "Washington DC ! " You can get a tour through out the white house, or just stand out side and take pictures through the fence . Which ever you choose, its nice to know you can see it , and it is very beautiful from up so close !
Just next door to the White House there is a visitor center with information about the White House itself. There is lots of information about the architecture, the Presidents who lived there, the way it was build, some artifacts and so on.
Out of everything I seen in the visitor center I thought the photographs of the White House staff where the most interesting and gave it a more human perspective. Many of the employees at the White House have been employed there spanning decades as butlers, gardeners, cooks, carpenters, administration, engineering and the list goes on.
There photographs at the visitor center were very well done.
Ok, I know we're not supposed to be political here, but Cheese Whiz! What's a country have to do to get a break? I do pray for our president as he IS our president. I hope it's ok to pray for his wisdom, judgement and for 2008 to get here quick! And that's all I have to say about that...
For two hundred years, the White House has stood as a symbol of the Presidency, the United States government, and the American people. Its history, and the history of the nation’s capital, began when President George Washington signed an Act of Congress in December of 1790 declaring that the federal government would reside in a district "not exceeding ten miles square…on the river Potomac." President Washington, together with city planner Pierre L’Enfant, chose the site for the new residence, which is now 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Construction began when the first cornerstone was laid in October of 1792. Although President Washington oversaw the construction of the house, he never lived in it. It was not until 1800, when the White House was nearly completed, that its first residents, President John Adams and his wife, Abigail, moved in. Since that time, each President has made his own changes and additions. The White House is, after all, the President’s private home. It is also the only private residence of a head of state that is open to the public, free of charge.Public tours of the White House are available for groups of 10 or more people. Requests must be submitted through one's Member of Congress and are accepted up to six months in advance. These self-guided tours are available from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (excluding federal holidays), and are scheduled on a first come, first served basis approximately one month in advance of the requested date. We encourage you to submit your request as early as possible since a limited number of tours are available. All White House tours are free of charge.
In the Ellipse, just outside the White House, is the Nation's Christmas Tree. Christmas Trees at the White House have been a tradition since the 1920's, when Calvin Coolidge began planting Christmas trees here. At first, a tree was cut annually, but eventually it was decided that a single tree would be brought, and would be planted and kept. At Christmastime, the President lights the tree. I came not long after Christmas, so the lights and ornaments were still on the tree.
Since most visitors to Washington, DC will not be able to enter the White House, the best alternative is a visit to the White House Visitor Center, which provides a good overview about the White House and its history. Like most other museums, security here is tight; no over-sized packs or food or drinks. Inside the visitor center, there's various exhibits about the rooms of the White House, and the people who have lived there. Many of the rooms in the White House are named for their color- the Red Room, the Green Room, the Blue Room. There are also staterooms and oval rooms. In the early 20th century, the botanic garden west of the White House was torn down and replaced with a temporary wing. However, the temporary wing became permenant, and is today's West Wing, the true seat of power in the White House. In the West Wing there is the Oval Office, the president's executive office. There's also plenty about first ladies and presidential traditions, etc.
This mansion is perhaps the best known in the world; this is the house that contains (most of) the executive power of the United States. And it is... the White House (big surprise here). The White House is the home of the president and the first family of the United States of America. It was completed in 1800, and John Adams (the second president) became its first resident. The house has quite a bit of history; in 1814, the British burned the house down after they captured Washington in the War of 1812, though Dolley Madison, first lady at the time, saved some important artifacts, documents, etc. It was rebuilt and still stands today. However, although the White House belongs to the people of the US, it is quite difficult to enter the building. To get tickets for a White House Tour, you must contact your congressperson a month beforehand and request them; then there's a background check, etc, and if everything looks good, you get free tickets. I, however, did not call my congresswoman (and therefore did not take a tour of this house).
The White House is so cool to see in person. Unfortunately, we were only 4 people, not 10, so we couldn't even think about requesting a tour of any kind. I was disappointed in the behavior of the others taking pictures, very rude. I was also kind of bummed when a Secret Service Agent wouldn't let me take his picture. I understand, though. We didn't even make it to the visitor's center in time, it closed at 4p and we got there at 4:05. Who wouldv'e thought it would close so early?
When I first arrived in DC, I was told that I would never be able to get any where near the
White House. This was due to all the chaos that came about from the attacks on September 11, 2001. I was pleasantly surprised that not only did I get to view the White House from the back, but I was also able to see it from the front. I didn't get to see President Bush though, that would have made the experience better. The only things I was annoyed about seeing the White House, was that other tourist were very rude to each other here. It was like a picture taking free for all and people were nasty about it and inconsiderate too.
When in Washington, you must visit the White House! It’s quite a surreal feeling and my family were quite impressed when I sent a text message back home saying that I was sat on a wall in front of the White House. The architecture is beautiful and they’ve even done a pretty good job of putting it back together after the aliens blew it up on Independence Day ;o)
Well, it's the white house!! what can I say more! lol
Actually the building is smaller than I imagine it but it looks nice, you have to see it from the 2 frontage, unfortunatly you can not visit inside except if you have authorization of 2 senators (if you are american citizen) or the authorization of your embassy if you foreigner, that what one organizer told me when I asked after seeing him let some people inside.
It took almost 14 months to get our tickets to visit the White House during the Christmas Season. I called our U.S. Representative's Office and got our name on the list almost a year before we found out we got the tickets.
The White House was absolutely beautiful. It was all natural and the flowers and garland were replaced almost every other day. We had visited the White House once before in 1983 - a long time ago. That was back when they opened a line for tourists and let people in as long as the time allowed. Now it is completely different. You are not allowed any purse, backpack, water - only photo ID, a cell phone and a coat if needed.
Another one of the very famous landmarks of Washington DC, is The White House.
This is the official residence and principle workplace of the President of the United States of America.
The building is a white neo-classical sandstone mansion located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC.
The architect was was chosen in a competition, and the winner was Irishman James Hoban. Construction began October 1792, and was completed in November of 1800.
The image of the White House can also been seen on the back of a $20 bill.