• 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 Visitor Center Rehabilitation and Closure Information

    The White House Visitor Center is closed for rehabilitation. A temporary visitor center is located near the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion, just west of the intersection of 15th and E streets, NW.

  • 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.


General Comte de Rochambeau points dramatically left. He is silhouetted against a blue sky.

General Comte de Rochambeau gestures dramatically.

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Can You Imagine Living Here?

What would it be like to live in the White House? What is it like to attend some of the special events that take place in and around the White House and President's Park? Although this section is under construction, check back to learn more about the people and events that are here in the park. Currently, detailed information on the history of the National Christmas Tree, the trees themselves, and the lighting ceremonies is available.

Did You Know?

British Soldiers Burning the White House

British soldiers set fire to the White House during the War of 1812. Almost everything inside was destroyed. James Madison hired James Hoban to rebuild the house using the original walls, which were still standing. It reopened in 1817 when James Monroe moved in.