The presidential residence was the first public building to be constructed in Washington, D.C. An Irish immigrant, James Hoban, won an architectural design competition, beating out such notables as Thomas Jefferson, who submitted an anonymous entry.
Construction began in the fall of 1792 and was completed eight years later. George Washington never resided in the "presidential palace," as some critics described it. John Adams was the first to occupy the residence, but only for a few months at the end of his term.
The building was badly damaged by British soldiers who set it afire during the War of 1812. Restoration was headed by the original architect, who added a portico on the south side. The remaining blackened sandstone was covered with several coats of white paint; the term "White House" came into common usage from that time forward, but did not become official until Theodore Roosevelt first used the words on his official stationery.
Major repairs and renovations were made during Harry S. Truman's administration; the primary improvement was the installation of steel beams to support the original walls.
---- Selected Quotes ----
Quotes regarding White House.
By Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
It looks like itís been furnished by discount stores.
Quoted in "A Hero for our Time", 1983
- - - Books You May Like Include: ----
Lincoln's Journalist John Hay's Anonymous Writings for the Press, 1860 - 1864 by Michael Burlingame.
Michael Burlingame presents anonymous and pseudonymous newspaper articles written by Lincoln's assistant personal secretary, John Hay, between 1860 an...
American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham.
Andrew Jackson, his intimate circle of friends, and his tumultuous times are at the heart of this remarkable book about the man who rose from nothing ...
A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr..
A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing
add to my books
The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity by Nancy Gibbs.
The first history of the private relationships among modern American presidentsótheir backroom deals, rescue missions, secret alliances, and enduring ...
All the President's Men by Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward.
This landmark book details all the events of the biggest political scandal in the history of this nation--Watergate. Woodward and Bernstein kept the h...
Recarving Rushmore: Ranking the Presidents on Peace, Prosperity, and Liberty by Ivan Eland.
The four presidents chosen for Mount Rushmore are Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt. The choice was made by the Danish-American scul...
The Dark Side of Camelot by Seymour M. Hersh.
If the Kennedys are America's royal family, then John F. Kennedy was the nation's crown prince. Magnetic, handsome, and charismatic, his perfectly coi...
Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America by Walter R. Borneman.
In Polk, Walter R. Borneman gives us the first complete and authoritative biography of a president often overshadowed in image but seldom outdone in a...