The White House

Located in Washington, DC., the White House is the official residence of President Barack Obama. The White House has been the official residence of every president except George Washington. First constructed by James Hoban in 1792 and reconstructed in 1818 after being destroyed by British soldiers in 1814.

Tours of the interior are only available by appointment through your Congressional office or embassy. But every visitor to the Washington area will want to see this iconic building, if only from the outside. Tours of the interior are available through your Congressional office or embassy but must be scheduled well in advance through your Congressional office or embassy.

Nearby, the free White House Visitor Center features outstanding interactive displays that provide fascinating insights about the White House and the presidents and first ladies who have resided there. It has furnishings from previous presidents, a model of the mansion, information about historical changes, and videos of presidents discussing their time at the residence.

Summer concerts by the United States Army Band are held on the Ellipse. The Ellipse is a 54-acre stretch of grass that extends to Constitution Avenue. There are two impressive old government buildings next to the White House: the Ornate 1833 Greek Revival Treasury Building and the 1871 Executive Office Building, and one of the city’s most striking old government buildings. The White House can be seen from Lafayette Square, one of the city’s most well-known spots, thanks to the monuments of Lafayette and others.


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Built to commemorate George Washington, who served as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and as the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797, the Washington Monument stands on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and was built in 1836. Read More

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