Texas White House Closure

 
April 25, 2021

A temporary closure of the Texas White House is still in place due to health and safety concerns arising from structural issues.

Rehabilitation has finished on the adjacent Cabana/Pool House building. Originally built in 1955 when the Johnsons installed the outdoor swimming pool, the Cabana/Pool House went through a series of modifications over the years. This included an expansion and addition of an indoor pool which allowed the family to enjoy swimming even during winter months. The exterior retains its historic look while allowing the interior to be used as office space. Health and safety issues that forced the closure of the building have been corrected, and the completed building meets all modern accessibility requirements. The remainder of the Texas White House will continue to be closed to the public.

The National Park Service (NPS) is working with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and use a phased approach to increase access to other park facilities. Based on guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, access to the park is as follows:

The following areas are open 7 days a week, except for the Hangar Visitor Center, which is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm.

Johnson City — 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Visitor Center Restrooms
  • Also available at the Visitor Center—a self-serve table with brochures and pre-stamped passport stamps
  • Boyhood Home Grounds
  • Johnson Settlement including grounds, Event Center exhibits, and restrooms

LBJ Ranch —Inbound gate opens at 9:00 am and closes at 4:30 pm. Exit gate closes at 5:30 pm.
Exhibits and Grounds open include:


The following areas remain closed: 

  • Johnson City Visitor Center Exhibits

  • Boyhood Home
  • Texas White House

While the listed areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased, and services may be limited.

 
November 5, 2020

A temporary closure of the Texas White House is still in place due to health and safety concerns arising from structural issues.

Rehabilitation has begun on the adjacent Cabana/Pool House building. Originally built in 1955 when the Johnsons installed the outdoor swimming pool, the Cabana/Pool House went through a series of modifications over the years. This included an expansion and addition of an indoor pool which allowed the family to enjoy swimming even during winter months. When the current improvements are finished, the exterior will retain its historic look while allowing the interior to be used as office space. Health and safety issues that forced the closure of the building will have been corrected, and the completed building will meet all modern accessibility requirements. The remainder of the Texas White House will continue to be closed to the public.

The National Park Service (NPS) is working with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and use a phased approach to increase access to other park facilities. Based on guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, access to the park is as follows:

Open:

Johnson Settlement

Boyhood Home Grounds

LBJ Ranch Driving Tour

Hangar Visitor Center (Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-4:30pm)

Closed:

Johnson City Visitor Center

Junction School

Boyhood Home

Klein Shop

While the listed areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased, and services may be limited.

 
September 12, 2019

A temporary closure of the Texas White House and the adjacent Pool House is still in place due to health and safety concerns arising from structural issues. Both facilities are located within the ranch district of Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park.

In May, a team of engineers and architects on contract with the NPS’ Intermountain Region and Denver Service Center conducted an on-site assessment of the Texas White House, Hangar Visitor Center, sanitary waste/septic systems, data/communication infrastructure, and site drainage throughout the Texas White House Complex. Park staff received the consultant's preliminary report in July and have been working to review the document and provide feedback. Ultimately, the final report will be used to create an extensive rehabilitation project proposal and to solicit funding. We are pleased to be making progress on this important project, and look forward to sharing more information as it becomes available.

Additionally, the park has awarded a design/build contract for renovations to the Pool House. The contract seeks to mitigate environmental issues, increase building accessibility, and make improvements to the office space in the building. Work will be ongoing through winter 2019-2020.

All other park facilities are open to the public. These include the Johnson Settlement, President Johnson's boyhood home, and the park visitor center in Johnson City. The LBJ Ranch driving tour is not affected, and the LBJ Ranch hangar visitor center is open as normal. The hangar visitor center features exhibits, artifacts, an award-winning 14-minute film, and a Western National Parks Association sales outlet.

 
August 2, 2018

The National Park Service is temporarily closing the Texas White House and the adjacent Pool House until further notice due to health and safety concerns arising from structural issues. Both facilities are located within Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park.

The NPS is taking immediate action to investigate the safety concerns, which include closing both facilities. Both buildings will remain closed until the NPS can confirm that the facilities do not pose safety concerns.

All other park facilities are open to the public. These include the Johnson settlement, President Johnson's boyhood home, and the park visitor center in Johnson City. The LBJ Ranch driving tour is not affected, and the LBJ Ranch hangar visitor center is open as normal. The hangar visitor center features exhibits, artifacts, an award-winning 14-minute film, and a Western National Parks Association sales outlet.

Last updated: May 12, 2021

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Johnson City, TX 78636

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