While this is Lincoln’s White House it is probably quite close to Washington’s original vision.
From the official White House site.
For two hundred years, the White House has stood as a symbol of the Presidency, the United States government, and the American people.
Construction began when the first cornerstone was laid in October of 1792. Although President Washington oversaw the construction of the house, he never lived in it. It was not until 1800, when the White House was nearly completed, that its first residents, President John Adams and his wife, Abigail, moved in.
- There are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, and 6 levels in the Residence. There are also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators.
- At various times in history, the White House has been known as the “President’s Palace,” the “President’s House,” and the “Executive Mansion.” President Theodore Roosevelt officially gave the White House its current name in 1901.
Since that time, each President has made his own changes and additions. The White House is, after all, the President’s private home.
All Presidents and First Ladies have added that personal touch and Obama is no exception.
The official photograph below captures the essence of Barry and Michelle’s changes while in office.