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John F.W. Rogers, Chairman of the White House Historical Association’s Board of Directors
51 minutes

Just steps away from the White House stands the Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building, also known as the EEOB, and formerly known as the Old Executive Office Building. The EEOB has been called a masterpiece of French Second Empire style yet has had its share of critics as it looks much different than most government buildings in the nation’s capital. The granite, slate and cast-iron exterior has stood for more than 150 years, and originally housed the departments of State, War, and the Navy. Today this building contains the office of the vice president, most senior presidential staff members, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, and the National Security Council staff, among others. Though it was threatened with alteration or demolition several times throughout its existence, and even survived a couple of fires, the EEOB was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1969. One reason this building remains in working condition is thanks to the preservation efforts of John F.W. Rogers who started the renovation process while serving as an assistant to President Ronald Reagan. White House Historical Association president Stewart McLaurin spoke with John about his passion for preservation and education, a role John continues as the Association’s chairman of the board. Learn about the EEOB’s rich architecture and legacy, and follow along as they take you on a rare tour of the incredible spaces and hallowed halls which have borne witness to history.

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Stewart McLaurin, Host

President of the White House Historical Association

As President of the White House Historical Association Stewart McLaurin leads the nonpartisan, nonprofit in its mission to preserve, protect, and provide access to White House history. As a lifelong student of history, Stewart is an avid reader, author, and storyteller. Drawing on his own experiences, relationships, and knowledge he provides listeners with a front row seat to history at the White House.