The President's Neighborhood
Since the White House was first occupied by President John Adams in 1800, influential people and organizations—or those who hoped to have influence—have bought property and built homes and offices along the streets surrounding the White House. For more than two centuries, this neighborhood has been the setting for political decision-making and diplomacy, social gatherings and protests, wartime expediencies and peacetime hospitality. In this collection, we invite you to learn more about these landmarks in the President’s Neighborhood and their historic significance.
Good Neighbors: FDR, Major Gist, and Blair House
The History of Lafayette Park
Monuments to the American Revolution
The President's Park
The Evolution of Lafayette Park and the Ellipse
Making Religion Fashionable
Benjamin Henry Latrobe and St. John's Church
The Dolley Madison House
History of a Former First Lady's Residence
A Discussion with the Voices of Lafayette Park
The White House 1600 Sessions
Podcast James Hoban: The Charleston Years
Charleston holds hints and clues to the formative years of the ambitious young Irishman James Hoban and his dream to...
Podcast Jacqueline Kennedy: Restoring the White House
When First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy took on the herculean task of restoring the interior of the White House, she appointed...
Podcast David Rubenstein on Patriotic Philanthropy
David Rubenstein is co-founder and co-chair of The Carlyle Group, a global investment firm based in Washington, DC. He is...
Podcast Jon Meacham on Lincoln and the American Struggle
White House Historical Association president Stewart McLaurin hosted a town hall featuring Jon Meacham at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Me...
Collection The Ford White House 1974 - 1977
Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr., the nation’s only unelected president and vice president, served thirteen terms in Congress before rising to...
Podcast White House: Next-Gen Designers
Following in the footsteps of the original White House designer and builder, James Hoban, we talk to a new generation...
Collection Weddings and the White House
From First Lady Dolley Madison's sister Lucy Payne Washington's wedding in 1812 to the nuptials of President Joseph Biden and First...
Podcast White House Builder James Hoban’s Irish Roots
Over 200 years ago, James Hoban left Ireland for America to pursue his dream of becoming an architect. Selected by President...
Collection State Dinners
A State Dinner honoring a visiting head of government or reigning monarch is one of the grandest and most glamorous...
Podcast Obama White House Portraits: The Artists
The White House Historical Association commissions official portraits of the president and first lady. As is the custom, President Barack...
Collection The 2022 White House Christmas Ornament
Every year since 1981, the White House Historical Association has had the privilege of designing the Official White House Christmas Ornament....