The Most Famous Address in the World
The President’s House was a major feature of Pierre Charles L’Enfant’s 1791 plan for the city of Washington. He envisioned a vast palace for the nation’s leader, a building five times the size of the residence that would eventually be planned and constructed under the watchful eye of President George Washington.
Since then, the White House has been burned, reconstructed, renovated, designed, and redesigned, and it remains the home of the presidents of the United States.
In this series, four noted experts explore aspects of every corner of the famous building at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, where every decision, no matter how seemingly insignificant, has political ramifications.
Our guest today, one of those experts, is William Seale, White House Historian, and someone who’s written prodigiously on the subject of historic buildings and their restoration.
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