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Why is the White House White?

Why is the White House White?

Photographer
Erik Kvalsvik
Date of Work
1990
Medium
Photo
Credit
White House Collection/White House Historical Association

Why is the White House White?

This photograph of burn marks on the White House stonework was taken in 1990, during the George H.W. Bush administration. In preparation for the White House cornerstone's bicentennial in 1992, the White House underwent a renovation that included the removal of approximately 30 layers of paint. This process revealed scarring beneath the paint, sustained when the British burned the White House during the War of 1812.

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