• View of the White House's north side from Layfatte Park

    President's Park (White House)

    District of Columbia

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  • 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.

Contact Us

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.

GPS coordinates: N 38 53.698 W 077 02.095
Latitude/Longitude: N 38 53 41.88 W -77 2 5.70 (38.894967, -77.034917)

By Mail:

President's Park
1100 Ohio Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20242

By Phone:

202-208-1631
1-800-877-8339 (Federal Relay Service)

By Fax:

202-208-1643

By E-mail:

President's Park

Did You Know?

White House Sandstone (NPS Photo by J. Feeney)

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.