Photographer's Note

This photo was taken during The White House Garden Tour this fall. Twice a year the grounds are open to the public for Spring and Fall Tours. The White House Grounds cover just over 18 acres. The gardens are the oldest continually maintained in the United States.

The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States. Every President except George Washington has lived in the White House. It is the only building in the world that serves as the office and residence of a head of state as well as a museum open to the public.

Irish architect James Hobanís design, based on British country houses, was chosen for the presidential mansion in 1792, and construction was completed in 1800. In August 1814, British forces burned the building. Only the sandstone exterior and interior brickwork survived. Under Hobanís supervision, the White House was rebuilt and painted white in time for incoming President James Monroe. The first fence was built by Thomas Jefferson in 1808 to keep out wandering livestock. Since 1965, a black a black iron fence surrounds the White House grounds.

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