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THE CHANGING WHITE HOUSE

From 1792 From 1817 From 1902 From 1952 1792-1817:
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Latrobe and Jefferson sketches of reconstructed White House
Latrobe and Jefferson sketches of reconstructed White House, around 1803
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First public reception at White House on New Year's Day, 1801
First public reception at White House on New Year's Day, 1801 The White House Collection
White House Historical Association

1801
  • House is open to the public on
    January 1.

  • Adams term ends in the White House, after spending the last four months of his presidency there.

  • First public reception at the White House is held on New Year's Day.

  • Thomas Jefferson becomes the first president inaugurated in Washington.

  • Jefferson appoints Benjamin Henry Latrobe to complete the design of the White House.

  • Jefferson undertakes new plans for the garden, including a stone wall around the house. He also begins to plant trees around the house.



1803
  • Louisiana Purchase Treaty signed on May 2, 1803.

  • Lewis and Clark expedition is planned at the White House.

1807
  • Pavilions and terraces are added to the east and west sides of the main building.

1812
  • Dolley Madison arranges the wedding of her sister, Lucy Payne Washington to Supreme Court Justice Thomas Todd. It is the first wedding ceremony held in the White House.


1814

  • Dolley Madison arranges to save treasures from the president's house, as she flees the British who invade the capital during the War of 1812.

  • The British set fire to the house. The interior is destroyed while the exterior walls remain intact.
A view of the Presidents house in the city of Washington after the conflagration

A view of the Presidents house in the city of Washington after the conflagration of the 24th August 1814 G. Munger del.; W. Strickland sculp.
Library of Congress

1815

  • James Hoban is hired to rebuild the White House.

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