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THE CHANGING WHITE HOUSE

From 1792 From 1817 From 1902 From 1952 1817-1902:
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1817
  • President James Madison moves into the rebuilt house. It is still largely unfurnished, but Congress appropriates funds for furnishings.


1823
  • Monroe Doctrine signed in the White House, warning European powers against intervention in the Western Hemisphere.
Monroe Doctrine


Monroe Doctrine
Library of Congress


1824
  • The park north of the White House is named in honor of General Lafayette.

  • South portico is built.

View from South portico
The White House Collection
White House Historical Association

1825
  • John Quincy Adams creates the first flower garden on the White House grounds.


1828
  • John Adams, grandson of one president and son of President John Quincy Adams, marries Mary Catherine Hellen in the White House, marking the only time that a president's son has been married in the house.
John Quincy Adams Dancing

John Quincy Adams Dancing
A modern rendition of John Quincy Adams, at his son's wedding on February 28, 1828, dancing to a lively Virginia reel with the bride, the former Mary Catherine Hellen. The groom is seen talking to his mother at bottom left.
National Geographic Artist Robert C. Magis

View of the President's House. Washington, D.C.   
1829
  • James Hoban makes his final contribution to the White House by completing the North Portico. He claimed to have designed it himself but the Benjamin Latrobe design is believed to have influenced the final appearance.

  • President Andrew Jackson furnishes the East Room for a total cost of $9,358.271/2 with items from L. Vernon and Company of Philadelphia.

View of the President's House. Washington, D.C.
c.1835-40, lithograph
White House Collection
White House Historical Association



White House Ionic Columns

White House Ionic Columns
The White House Collection
White House Historical Association

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