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The White House Review

America's most famous house was designed in 1792 by the Irishman James Hoban. It was known officially as the Executive Mansion until 1902, when President Theodore Roosevelt rechristened it the White House, long its informal name. The house has undergone many structural changes: Andrew Jackson installed running water, James Garfield put in the first elevator, and Harry Truman had the entire structure gutted and restored, adding a second-story porch to the south portico. Unfortunately, due to the sequestration (budget cuts), there are no tours being offered at this time. Check the White House's website to see if tours have resumed yet.

Updated: 06-05-2013

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