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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Washington, D.C. : American Institute of Architects Press, ©1992
|All Authors / Contributors:||
William Seale; White House Historical Association.
|ISBN:||1558350489 9781558350489 1558350497 9781558350496|
|Notes:||"Published in association with the White House Historical Association."|
|Description:||xiv, 336 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm|
The idea of a President's house --
An image complete --
House portraits --
The Victorian White House --
Beaux-arts rethinking --
Presidents and architects --
The idea preserved --
The house within the House --
Terms of office of the Presidents.
Little known details about official and domestic life, The White House reveals the numerous changes the building has undergone and the paradox of its survival. Designed by Irish-born architect James Hoban, the house required preservation efforts fewer than 25 years after its construction. Burned to a smoke-blackened shell by the British in 1814, the house was rebuilt, later to be threatened with replacement but retained, condemned to destruction but made new. Many of the.
Resident presidents hired architects and made changes, small and large. This volume offers rare glimpses of long-vanished interiors and the discarded contributions of such giants of American architecture and design as Benjamin Latrobe, Thomas U. Walter, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Charles McKim. Illustrations include drawings and photographs from the Historic American Buildings Survey as well as a large selection of historical plans, prints, and photographs, many never.
Before brought together in one volume. Although built in the experimental years of the new nation and altered over its 200-year history, the White House remains the natural symbol of the American presidency and perhaps the best-known residence in the world. The White House tells the story of constant change-architectural, social, and political. The history of the house is a story of survival and growth that parallels that of the nation it has come to symbolize.