Many national parks have direct connections to American presidents - dozens of national historic sites, monuments, and memorials (even one National Park) preserve the birthplaces, childhood homes, and residences of our nation's chief executives. One national park, the White House, has even been home to every U.S. president except George Washington.
However, the National Park Service's preservation of presidential sites extends beyond park boundaries. Many of the National Park Service's cultural resource programs also deal with the presidency, including the National Register of Historic Places, the National Historic Landmarks Program, and Teaching with Historic Places lesson plans. But among the most popular NPS programs dealing with the presidency is the Historic American Buildings Survey, which documents important architectural sites throughout the United States and its territories, including homes of and monuments and memorials to more than 30 of our nation's chief executives.
Started in 1933 as a New Deal program to provide much-needed work for architects, photographers, and historians, the Historic American Buildings Survey has recorded America's built environment in multiformat surveys comprised of more than 556,900 measured drawings, large-format photographs, and written histories. Among the more than 38,600 historic structures and sites documented in the collection (which are produced by the National Park Service and digitzed for display by the Library of Congress) are the birthplaces, homes, monuments and memorials to more than 30 of our nation's presidents, from the Washington Monument to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello to LBJ's Texas ranch.
Follow the links below to explore some of the presidential sites preserved by the National Park Service, both sites administered as national parks (links in gold), and drawings and photographs from the Historic American Buildings Survey (links in green).