Every president since John Adams has occupied the White House, and the history of this building extends far beyond the construction of its walls. From the Ground Floor Corridor rooms, transformed from their early use as service areas, to the State Floor rooms, where countless leaders and dignitaries have been entertained, the White House is both the home of the President of the United States and his family, and a museum of American history. Albums Singles.
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Namespaces Article Talk. President Millard Fillmore and his family were particularly musical. Fillmore, the former Abigail Powers, made certain the White House had not only a music room, but also three pianos.
Abraham Lincoln could neither sing nor read music, but he loved music with a passion. He attended the opera at least thirty times while he was president, and when once criticized for these diversions during the turbulent Civil War years, he said frankly, "I must have a change or I will die.
President Ulysses S. Grant was once said to have known "only two tunes. During the administration of President Chester Arthur, the first East Room concert for specially invited guests took place, when the famous Canadian soprano, Emma Albani, sang in Social dancing was especially enjoyed during the terms of Benjamin Harrison and William McKinley and its popularity within the White House reflected the changing times.
The abundance of fine artists, who performed during the Theodore Roosevelt era, continued to appear during succeeding administrations, and President and Mrs. William Howard Taft and the Woodrow Wilsons molded the popular White House musicale into a well-established tradition.
Tin Pan Alley and the American musical theater were in a great state of verve and vitality in the period between the two world wars, and White House guests lists of the time reflected this.
The roster of prominent artists who performed for President Herbert Hoover at the end of the s and into the early s includes Grace Moore, Rosa Ponselle, Jascha Heifetz, Vladimir Horowitz, and many others. While neither President nor Mrs. Since the administration of George Washington —97 , who occupied presidential residences in New York and Philadelphia , every American president has resided at the White House.
The structure was to have three floors and more than rooms and would be built in sandstone imported from quarries along Aquia Creek in Virginia. The cornerstone was laid on October 13, Labourers, including local slaves, were housed in temporary huts built on the north side of the premises. They were joined by skilled stonemasons from Edinburgh, Scotland , in In the entire federal government was relocated from Philadelphia to Washington.
May none but Honest and Wise Men ever rule under this Roof. At the insistence of President Franklin Roosevelt —45 , the quotation was inscribed on the fireplace of the State Dining Room immediately below the portrait of Abraham Lincoln , by George Healy.
When Abigail Adams finally arrived in Washington several days later, she was disappointed with the inadequate state of the residence. The old interior was dismantled, leaving the house as a shell. It was then rebuilt using concrete and steel beams in place of its original wooden joists.
Some modifications were made, including bathrooms for each bedroom and the repositioning of the grand staircase to open into the Entrance Hall , rather than the Cross Hall. The Kennedys embarked on a campaign to renovate the decor and furnishings of the White House, which had been somewhat neglected since the time of Hoover. Kennedy created the White House Historical Association to help publicize the heritage of the president's house and got the White House declared a museum to help preserve it.
And she and the president had the Rose Garden redesigned to better accommodate press briefings. Since the early 60s, each presidential administration has seen the White House as a kind of living museum, making changes to the decor and maintaining the building's structure and exterior, but making very limited alterations to the architecture and layout.
In the early s, the White House exterior was extensively refurbished, with some 40 layers of paint removed and the sandstone exterior repaired and repainted. In , the White House embarked on an extensive "greening" project [PDF] to reduce energy consumption. Satellite view, circa Google Maps. The President's Residence The White House is a grand mansion in the neo-classical Federal style, with details that echo classical Greek Ionic architecture. Jeffersonian Enhancements: Detailed article The house that Thomas Jefferson entered in March of was still unfinished.Mar 07, · A look inside the White House. Designed by James Hoban, the White House has rooms, 35 bathrooms and 6 levels in the residence. This includes doors, windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 .