White House Fence Restoration and Sidewalk Closure
The National Park Service is restoring the White House fence along Pennsylvania Avenue, portions of which are believed to date back to 1818. During this restoration work, sections of the White House sidewalk will be temporarily closed for public safety. More »
Construction Project Affecting the White House Sidewalk
Due to a construction project, a portion of both the White House sidewalk and Pennsylvania Avenue near East Executive Avenue will be closed until April 2015.
Temporary Visitor Center and Ellipse Visitor Pavilion:
You may speak with a National Park Service employee at the temporary visitor center any time from 7:30 am to 4 pm daily. Please note that the temporary visitor center is closed on Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1.
The temporary visitor center and Ellipse Visitor Pavilion are located just west of the intersection of 15th and E Streets, NW.
Latitude/Longitude: N 38 53 41.88 W -77 2 5.70 (38.894967, -77.034917)
Did You Know?
Scottish stonemasons were hired to build and carve the sandstone walls of the White House. Painters then covered the walls in 1798 with a whitewash to keep water and ice from seeping inside the walls and breaking them apart. So it was white from the beginning.