1600 Pennsylvania

The White House and President's Park


A home and a symbol of our democracy, the White House and surrounding grounds are the pride of a nation. Central to both our shared history and current lives, the White House is a living symbol to what was, what is, and what will be for democracy.

The White House and President's Park Information

Home to every president except Washington, The White House and its surrounding grounds are a symbol of democracy and the executive branch of government.

Home to every president except Washington, The White House and its surrounding grounds are a symbol of democracy and the executive branch of government.

This statue of Andrew Jackson is in front of the White House.
The White House in Washington, DC

“This is really what the White House is all about. It’s the “People’s House.” It’s a place that is steeped in history, but it’s also a place where everyone should feel welcome. And that's why my husband and I have made it our mission to open up the house to as many people as we can.”
Michelle Obama

The White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, was originally constructed between 1792-1800, and was the work of James Hoban. It was reconstructed in 1815 after being burned by British soldiers during the War of 1812. 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. The interior has been completely renovated using the historic floor plan. It is significant for its Federal architecture, as a symbol of the presidency, and for the important decisions made within its walls over the years.

Throughout the years President's Park has served many purposes, from a field for infantry drills to a place for inaugural celebrations. With the White House as a backdrop, President's Park has played host to suffragettes, freedom riders, anti-war protestors, Easter egg rollers, and participants of festivities surrounding the lighting of the National Christmas Tree.

Making an Impact

Visiting The White House and President's Park

Front-view image of the United States White House
The National Christmas Tree Lighting at The White House.

Map of the Park

The White House and Presidents Park
White House Liason Rm 344 1100 Ohio Drive, SW
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