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The White House, a timeline

See how the President’s House has changed since its location was chosen in 1791

For many years, The White House didn’t have an official name, but it still stood tall as a symbol of the United States. The President’s House, as it was called, has changed immensely since it was first constructed in 1800. Since then, amenities like a bowling alley and basketball court have been added along with the East and West wings.

After a major renovation, Jackie Kennedy in 1961 said, "Everything in the White House must have a reason for being there. It would be sacrilege merely to redecorate it—a word I hate. It must be restored, and that has nothing to do with decoration. That is a question of scholarship."

Kennedy understood that the many changes in the architecture of the residence represent whether or not the administration is keeping up with the times. In order to help others understand how far the White House has grown since it was first designed, Curbed has put together a timeline, shown below.

See any missing points? Let Curbed know in the comments.

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, , DC 20500