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The president's house : a history

Author: William Seale; White House Historical Association.; National Geographic Society (U.S.)
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : White House Historical Association with the cooperation of the National Geographic Society, 1986.
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The President's House is an unforgettable account of the White House from its origins during the nation's beginning to 1952, a continuing story of adapting and altering, yet always keeping close to the original image and purpose of the landmark. Seale carefully documents the ways in which different presidents and their families used and lived in the White House, showing not only the lives of the first families but  Read more...
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Seale, William.
President's house.
Washington, D.C. : White House Historical Association with the cooperation of the National Geographic Society, 1986
(OCoLC)568583159
Online version:
Seale, William.
President's house.
Washington, D.C. : White House Historical Association with the cooperation of the National Geographic Society, 1986
(OCoLC)631834643
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Seale; White House Historical Association.; National Geographic Society (U.S.)
ISBN: 0912308281 9780912308289
OCLC Number: 13792296
Description: 2 volumes (xx, 1224 pages) [80] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: [v. 1:] The palace : Washington --
The house : Washington --
The builders : Washington & Adams --
Anachronism : Adams & Jefferson --
The trial : Madison --
The phoenix : Monroe --
End of the old order : Monroe & Adams --
Democracy : Jackson --
Elegance : Van Buren --
Stage and players : Harrison & Tyler --
Imperial house : Polk --
Mid-century : Taylor & Fillmore --
Watershed : Pierce --
An explosion : Buchanan --
Cannon across the Potomac : Lincoln --
Turmoil : Lincoln --
Good news : Lincoln --
The rescue : Johnson --
The glasshouse : Grant --
Flourishes : Grant --
Peace and plenty : Hayes --
Interlude : Garfield --
The aesthetic house : Arthur --
The blue room : Cleveland --
Homecoming : Harrison. [v. 2:] A recollection of roses : Cleveland --
1898 : McKinley --
Grand schemes : McKinley --
An image refined : Theodore Roosevelt --
Protocol : Theodore Roosevelt --
Chronicles : Theodore Roosevelt --
Summer days : Taft --
Thresholds : Wilson --
1917 : Wilson --
Distant drums : Wilson --
Limelight : Harding --
Hearth and home : Coolidge --
Irony : Hoover --
Full house : Franklin D. Roosevelt --
Sketchbooks : Franklin D. Roosevelt --
The castle : Franklin D. Roosevelt --
History : Truman --
The symbol : Truman.
Responsibility: by William Seale.

Abstract:

The President's House is an unforgettable account of the White House from its origins during the nation's beginning to 1952, a continuing story of adapting and altering, yet always keeping close to the original image and purpose of the landmark. Seale carefully documents the ways in which different presidents and their families used and lived in the White House, showing not only the lives of the first families but also scores of characters known and unknown who achieve importance in the story and play their parts in the keeping and management of the house -- butlers, housemaids, caterers, gardeners, coachmen, architects, interior decorators, and even fortune-tellers. Filled with behind-the-scenes glimpses of the private and public lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, this richly detailed social history includes 121 images culled from the White House files and other archival collections.

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