The White House: The Iconic Home Of The President

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The Iconic Home of the President One of the most iconic buildings in the United States is the White House. For almost 200 years, the White House has stood as a symbol of the Presidency. Everyone knows that the first family lives there. Most do not know that the style of architecture is Palladian architecture. It is originally a European style of architecture that comes from and is inspired by the designs of the Venetian architect Andrea Palladio. Palladian architecture is a type of architecture that is based on the designs of Andrea Palladio. He was a sixteenth century Italian architect (1508-1580). First, his designs were similar to Roman styles. In Palladian's work, his exteriors were bland and based on the rules of proportion. Therefore,…show more content…
It took eight years for the house to just become livable. "Our first president, George Washington, selected the site for the White House" ("Inside the White House"). The White House consists of six levels and about 132 rooms are in the Residence. There are also "412 doors, 147 windows, twenty-eight fireplaces, eight staircases, and three elevators. also the White House toke 570 gallons of paint to cover just the outside" ("Inside the White House"). "By the time our third president, Thomas Jefferson, moved into the White House in 1801, most of the outside structures were finished. The White House was the largest residential house in America! Jefferson ordered wallpaper and furniture from France" ("History of the White House"). The White House has been renovated many times by our Presidents. Thomas Jefferson had added new details just a few months after the White House was just finished being built. He had two water closets and bookending terrace-pavilions. This made the White House more suitable to show what a leader's house would look like. One of the next things to happen to the White House was…show more content…
People began to call it the White House. ("History of the White House") One of the next updates made to the White House was when "William Taft hired architect Nathan Wyeth to expand the executive wing in 1909, resulting in the formation of the Oval Office as the president’s work space" ("White House"). Over the years the White House has been numerous updates done to the White House. Today, anyone can see this architecture and the iconic building that the President of the United States lives in. To be able to take a tour of the White House, visitors start the process by submitting a request through a member of Congress. The tours go from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM Tuesday till Thursday, and then 7:30 AM till 1:30 PM on Fridays and Saturdays. If one wishes to tour the White House, and have a guest that is 18 years of age or older, tourists will need to show a form of valid, government- issued photo identification to be allowed to tour. If a visitor is from a foreign country, they will need to contact their embassy in Washington, D.C. to submit a request
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