• 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.

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.

-Abraham Lincoln, speech to 166th Ohio Regiment, August 22, 1864

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?

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.