the white house, one of five

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

One of my favorite American architectural history websites is The White House Museum. I know, you are probably thinking, "yawn, we all know about the White House." Nevertheless, this week I wanted to do a little highlight of some of my favorites from their archives. They have an amazingly comprehensive account of the remodels and changes to both the structure and the interiors. I just love a good before and after, don't you?! So here are some photos to entice a visit to their site. The original facade circa 1800 and today.

The Grounds featuring the Jackie Kennedy Garden circa 1966, circa 1916 (with President Wilson and his wife, Edith), Circa 1904 and 1909 looking back into time.

The Rose Garden circa 1917, 1963 (with JFK Jr.) and in 1988.

And the South Lawn in 1992, in 1963, in 1933, in 1919 and 1911 with Taft going for a flight with Harry Atwood.

I had to include Marine One as we just went to the wedding of one of the former pilot's daughters; so fun! And I know five posts on one house seems excessive but trust me, it is a big house and each room has such a unique evolution that it can't possible all fit into one post! So please, stick around and tell me what you think of the rooms over time.
Kristen Crosby said...

Hi Ann!

I love your blog and this is a great post on the White House!

My name is Kristen Crosby and I'm with Design Shuffle. I was wondering if you could possible email me at

Thank you Ann and I hope to hear from you soon!