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THE CHANGING WHITE HOUSE

From 1792 From 1817 From 1902 From 1952 1817-1902:
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1833
  • Ornamental iron fences surround the structure and running water is piped into the house.
 White House Gates

White House Gates
Library of Congress

Workers pause for a chat
1835
  • Andrew Jackson creates the White House orangery and adds more trees, including the famous Jackson magnolia.

 Workers pause for a chat about 1875 with Jackson Magnolia in the distance
Library of Congress


1846
  • Earliest Photograph of the White House taken by John Plumbe Jr. The photograph is a Daguerreotype.
Earliest Photo of White House
Earliest Photo of White House
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1848
  • President James Polk installs gas lights.

  • Polk places a statue of Thomas Jefferson on the North Lawn.

1850
  • Abigail Fillmore, a retired school teacher, makes the second floor Oval Room the first White House library.

  • The noted landscape gardener Andrew Jackson Downing develops a landscape plan for the President's House and the Mall.
First White House Library
First White House Library
The White House Collection
White House Historical Association


1853
  • President Franklin Pierce installs central heating.

  • Clark Mills's equestrian statue of Andrew Jackson is unveiled in the center of Lafayette Park.
Andrew Jackson Statue

Andrew Jackson Statue
The White House Collection
White House Historical Association

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