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.
History & Culture
People, Places, and Stories of the White House and President's Park
I happen temporarily to occupy this big White House. I am a living witness that any one of your children may look to come here as my father's child has.
Within the approximately 82 acres of President's Park are countless opportunities to learn more about the history and culture of the United States. Together, the people, places, and stories of the park speak of the rise and growth of American democracy, landscape design, technology, and other broad themes.
Explore a growing collection of information on life in the White House, Washington, DC, and the presidency. If you are interested in a history of the National Christmas Tree and the associated celebrations of Christmastime, you'll find a great deal of detailed information under the Stories section at left.
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.