Pictured here is the White House, located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC. It is the official residence and principal office of the president of the United States. It is also one of the most famous houses in the world.
Designed by Irish architect James Hoban, the house began life in 1792 as a neo classical style house built of Aquai Creek sandstone with a painted white finish. It was completed in its first embodiment in 1800, though it was as soon as 1801 that Thomas Jefferson extended the house to create and conceal stables and storage areas.
The house was burned by the British army in 1814 in the Burning of Washington, which resulted in the destruction of much of the interior. However, its reconstruction was swift and in 1817 James Monroe moved back it in its partially rebuilt state.
The famous west wing was created for Theodore Roosevelt in 1901 who wished to move all work related activities to this branch of the building and it was 8 years after that the west wing was expanded further which saw the creation of the world famous oval office.
Additional renovations in 1927 and 1946 saw it take the shape we know today, but possibly its most important work was the construction of a steel frame built inside its walls in 1948. This prevented the entire building from collapsing as its considerably old exterior walls and internal supports were close to expiring. This dramatic work involved stripping out all of the interior rooms to allow the steel frame to be built, then refitting the interior afterwards.
It is one of America's most prominent and well loved buildings.
The design for the White House came from James Hoban who was an architect educated in Ireland, and his inspiration for its style came from an early interpretation he came across for Dublins Leinster House.
Originally named Kildare House, the Georgian mansion was the design of Richard Cassells, built for James Fitzgerald in a manner to befit his high society status. When he decided to built Leinster house in the then unfashionable south city, it caused outrage, but it was not long before the wealthy and the elite began to follow, creating a new affluent area in the city. This was the beginning of the end for many of Dublins older Georgian areas at the time, such as Henrietta Street.
In 1776, the same year that America declared independence from Britain, James Fitzgerald became the Earl of Kildare and his palatial home in Dublin was renamed Leinster House. Leinster House was a building greatly admired in its day, and became a model for a number of buildings around the world. Hoban viewed plans for Leinster House just before he created the award winning plans for the White House. To view the houses side by side, you can see the similarities, especially the North Portico of the White House as pictured here.
Today Leinster House is the seat of the Irish Parliament and is regarded as the architectural twin of the White House.
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lousat (91430) 2014-01-14 11:10
Hi Noel,absolutely perfect,the best postcard to show us this very important building.An impressive symmetry,fine details everywhere and a great exposure too of this difficult light under this very nice cloudy sky,perfect to complete the composition,i like it!! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
ritwickC (45) 2014-01-14 11:57
Nice composition.cloudy sky with uncertain lights! more white and uncertain blue.
like your note!
have a nice day!
tyro (24842) 2014-01-14 12:56
Another very interesting note, especially about the architect of this place - you darn Irish get everywhere - a bit like the Scots, I guess!
And a lovely photograph too with fine symmetrical composition, lovely soft light and colours and an amazingly characterful and interesting sky to top it off. Spot-on exposure and excellent details and sharpness.
P.S. But was this actually taken with your 60D? As this picture is now three and a half years old, I'm wondering if it was taken with your previous camera (? a Fuji) because the colours don't look quite like those in your more recent photographs. Just a query and not a criticism! :)
Romano46 (18472) 2014-01-14 13:00
un'altra bella foto riportata dal tuo viaggio in America, anch'essa perfetta nella composizione e valorizzata da colori morbidi e attaenti.
Come al solito bravissimo anche nelle note dettagliate e molto precise.
Ciao e buona serata
mesutilgim (95260) 2014-01-14 13:11
Hello dear Noel,
Wonderfull capture with good pov and layout.
Last but not least a quite photogenic sky creating a perfect background.
TFS and best regards
emka (97717) 2014-01-14 14:00
hello Noel, Excellent view of the White House. Fantastic postcard, symmetry, colours, sky with clouds, all perfect. Splendid view of the building that everyone knows.
Warm regrads Malgo
carlo62 (48357) 2014-01-14 15:47
bellissimo esempio di neo classico, elegante nella sua veste bianca e con la fontana a creare movimento.
Splendido il cielo, le nuvole lasciano intravedere il blu e sembrano fatte di ovatta.
Corry (4508) 2014-01-14 20:44
Belle prise de vue de la Maison Blanche sous un ciel partiellement nuageux. Image bien composée avec une netteté excellente. Bien fait.
jemaflor (97333) 2014-01-14 23:21
Un cadrage classique et parfait sur cette célèbre "maison", netteté parfaite et bel ensemble de teintes qui contraste avec les murs blanc.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-01-14 23:59
Jolie présentation de la Maison Blanche avec un beau ciel moutonneux.
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-01-15 1:02
classic,but really excellent presentation of White House.
We miss only Barack Obama standing here outside and posing for your photo:)
But seriously what I like here except the composition itself and beauty of the White House is the sky.It looks really amazing and contributes significantly to the success of your composition.
Have a nice day
Subhogen (4067) 2014-01-15 2:44
Nice balanced and symmetrical view of this famous building, housing the most powerful man on our planet! I like the cloud formations and the patches of beep blue in between, it makes the photo more attractive. Loved your elaborate note the most, came to know of so many new facts about this place. Very good presentation. The little red flowers add a dash of color to the composition. Nicely managed light to make it presentable in what looks like very difficult situation.
Thanks for sharing.
Royaldevon (38896) 2014-01-15 2:58
Thank you for this extensive info about the White House, all of which is new to me. Does it surprise us that it was an Irish designer who began it!!
I agree with you that this regular building, with a very central fountain works well with a symmetrical composition.
The red flowers, in front of the fountain add a little vibrancy, whilst the cloud speckled sky makes a fine backcloth.
I was surprised to note that the lamps were pointing outwards. Presumably there are others which light up the building!
Have a great day,
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-01-15 3:44
a beautiful photo of this famous White House with spectacular composition, great details and the POV is superb,
aleXundar (1256) 2014-01-15 9:04
A very good shot of the famous building in difficult light situation. Very balanced composition with an orthodox pov.
And what a note! Great research work.
Thanks for sharing this photo along with this article.
danos (97879) 2014-01-15 9:14
very nice the view as the presentation of the White House in Washington DC.The red flowers contrast perfect with the green 'carpet' and the fountain to completes perfect teh whole scenery.
npecanhuk (75476) 2014-01-15 16:58
Another beautiful and pleasant-looking picture of the most famous house in the World!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and symmetrical composition are very good photo qualities that I really enjoyed in this image!
TFS - congrats,
Indrasish (2939) 2014-01-15 20:19
Excellent shot here.. I like the composition and the perspective.. Superb image quality and nice colors too.. And thanks as always for your interesting note.. Very well done my friend..
Good morning and best wishes from Kolkata..
Sonata11 (33841) 2014-01-15 20:35
beautifully this picture has been taken. Colors, sharpness, clarity and I like your POV. I like the way you Noel composed this picture. Perfectly well done. Tfs.
All the best,
mirosu (16227) 2014-01-16 1:01
The White House is a very interesting and impressive structure; it looks in great shape even it not the youngest. I like the clarity and well balanced colours of your picture. I also like that you've included the surrounding the nice water fountain and a cloudy sky adding a very appealing and useful context. Very well done.
jcpix (13930) 2014-01-17 18:34
Not sure why, but I'm feeling a tad patriotic tonight, so I'm taking a step back in your gallery for this one. :) Wasn't this actually blown to bits on Independence Day? Oh wait, that was just a movie right...I don't go East that often, I assume it's still there?? ha
Something about this shot makes it look so tiny, perhaps the big sky above. You should have gone in closer for a bigger perspective....ahhh, right...that whole security thing. I guess they don't take too kindly to anyone not authorized!? I'm taking a closer look now to see if I can spot the snipers on the roof.
This is one of those instances where a straight forward composition actually works best I believe, putting emphasis on the many shapes and architecture. A classic view that is instantly recognizable...and well protected. I never realized it had Irish roots, quite fascinating to learn of this...guess I should study up a little more on my own history!? Despite my lack of knowledge, this is a a really crisp and well defined picture of the White House. Enjoy your weekend.
Cheers from the little beige house in the desert,
By the way, "kerfuffle"....loved it! ahaha :)
Gigidusud (21151) 2014-01-20 6:36
Great capture of this nice architecture on cloudy sky background. Well framed and interesting note too. I like it!
fabbs99 (17167) 2014-01-23 18:37
This is marvelous piece of photography of the White House.Perfect composition and sharpness.Very well captured with good lightings and sharpness.Very well done.TFS.