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Jacqueline Kennedy Inspects Lafayette Square Plans (ca. 1961-1963)

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum/NARA

The construction of the White House prompted the growth of the surrounding area into a vibrant neighborhood for the president. Today, Lafayette Square sits to the north side of the White House and serves as a public park. Visitors come to catch a glimpse of the Executive Mansion through the gates and, amidst this green space, encounter statues commemorating America's past. Lafayette Square is bordered by a variety of townhouses and structures, some dating back to the early nineteenth century. Discover the history behind the park and its buildings, as well as the preservation efforts of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the White House neighborhood.