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 »
NPS Restores Eagle Sculpure
Contact: Bill Line, Public Affairs Officer, NCRO, 202-619-7222
Maintenance workers and park staff from Presidents Park and from the National Capital Region recently helped install a 52-inch-wide, 120-lbs. sculpted bronze eagle onto the base of the Sherman statue, located immediately south of the Main Treasury Department building and just south and east of the White House.
The new eagle replaces an original bronze eagle that was vandalized and stolen in 1976. The vandals were never caught. Washington, D.C. sculptor Gordan Kray, who also created the sculpture of Khalil Gibran statue located across Massachusetts Avenue from the British Embassy, created the eagle.
Did You Know?
The only president that never married. The White House hostess was his niece, Harriet Lane. In 1819, Buchanan became engaged to Ann Coleman. A misunderstanding took place and their engagement was broken. A short time later, Ann died. Buchanan vowed he would never marry.