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The White House

The US president's official residence and office

An unmistakable building

The White House is the most recognized building in America. Since it was first built 200 years ago, the basic form, shape, and use of the structure have "/assets/static/ remained the same.

Although many technological changes have occurred, and wings and porches have been added, the White House looks much as it did in November 1800 when President John Adams (1797-1801) first moved in. Because the building has kept its form and shape, the image of the President’s House has remained constant for two centuries. The White House has come to symbolize the presidency and American leadership in the United States and around the world.

The official history of the White House website: www.whitehousehistory.org

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