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The Presidential election is just around the corner. One of the candidates will soon be taking up residence in the White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington D.C. It’s timely then to take a closer look at this well known building.

The White House was originally designed by Irish-born James Hoban, who won an architectural competition to get the job. The structure was built between 1792 and 1800.

The White House has been the principal residence and working office of every president, starting with John Adams. Major renovations were made after it was set afire by the British Army in the War of 1812, and then came the addition of the West Wing by Theodore Roosevelt in 1901. In 1909 William Taft added to the West Wing and the first Oval Office as constructed. Last but not least came the East Wing and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

The mansion is in the neo-classical Federal style, with Greek Ionic details, the elements of which are arranged symmetrically.

Washington, D.C. has a number of other architectural buildings that most people are familiar with, such as the Capital building, the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, as well as the many monuments nearby.

In a few days we’ll learn who the next resident will be. But they’ll only be a short-term guest, relatively speaking in our Nation’s residence.

Further interest? Visit the White House Historical Association.

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