The White House has served as the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States since 1800. It is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC, USA.
The White House is both the home of the President of the United States and his family as well as a museum of American history. The first President of United States of America, George Washington selected the site in 1791 and the cornerstone was laid in 1792. The design submitted by Irish-born architect James Hoban was chosen from a lot of options that were received.
After eight years of construction, President John Adams into the unfinished house in 1800. It was during the War of 1812 that the British set fire to the President’s House. The rebuilding was done by James Hoban and President James Monroe moved into the building in 1817. Monroe got the South Portico constructed in 1824, and Andrew Jackson got the North Portico added in 1829. Many proposals were made, in the 19 th Century, to shift or reconstruct the building, but they never realized.
President Theodore Roosevelt began a major renovation of the White House In 1902. Roosevelt’s successor, President William Howard Taft, had the Oval Office constructed within an enlarged office wing. President Harry S. Truman began another renovation of the building in which everything but the outer walls were dismantled. The work finally got completed in 1952.
|Public tour request to be submitted by Member of Congress|
|Timing(Self-Guided Tours)||Tue to Thu||7:30 AM to 11:30 AM|
|Fri and Sat||7:30 AM to 1:30 PM|
|White house tours are closed on federal holidays or if otherwise noted|
|Visit Request submission||Min. 21 days to 6 months in advance|
|ID proofs||US govt. issued Identification Card|
|Govt. issued passport|
- Prohibited items include but not limited to the following:
- Cameras or Video Recorders
- Handbags, book bags, backpacks or purses
- Food or beverages, tobacco products, personal grooming
- Any pointed objects
- Aerosol containers
- Guns, ammunition, fireworks, electric stun guns, mace, martial arts weapons/devices, or knives of any size
- Foreign nationals need to contact their embassy in Washington, DC for assistance in submitting a tour request.
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