Rehabilitation Project Highlights:
The White House Historical Association's $7.5 million donation to the National Park Service to complete this $12.5 million rehabilitation demonstrates its true commitment the mission of enhancing the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the executive mansion. The Associations long standing commitment demonstrates what is possible through a modern public-private partnership. Through partnerships, the National Park Service is able to expand its programming and benefits to this and future generations ensuring that its vital work remains relevant to all Americans.
All new interactive and tactile exhibits offer visitors a greater chance to find their connection to the President's House. Fore example, visitors will be able to touch tactile maps, pieces of stone used to construct the White House, and replicas of significant objects like the North Portico door knob . Visitors with vision or hearing impairments may request equipment at the Information Desk to experience the comprehensive audio tour for the museum's exhibits and interactive elements (all film and audio components are open-captioned).
In order to reduce the new facilities environmental impact, a key component of the remodeled design is utilizing energy efficient LED lighting and limiting power usage by audio-visual systems. Low-flow faucets and toilets have also allowed for the reduction of potable water usage by 32.5 percent. The National Park Service and the White House Historical Association hope to achieve a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification for the renovated facility.