Monday, December 27, 2010
The White House
The White House, one of the world’s most famous residences, governs Pennsylvania Avenue. The building was designed by Irishman James Hoban, who drew upon the Georgian design of Leinster Hall, in Dublin and other Irish country houses. After the terrorist attacks of September, 2001, public tours of the White House were suspended.
Next door to the White House, the French Empire-style Old Executive Office Building houses the vice president’s ceremonial office (he has also one in the west wing of The White House) and those of others in the executive branch.
Lafayette Square is an intimate oasis in the midst of downtown Washington. This quiet park served as a campsite for soldiers of both the War of 1812 and the Civil War. At the top of the square, golden domed St. John’s Episcopal Church is also known as the Church of Presidents.