Front page north elevation blueprint

Some time ago, I created a blueprint-style image of the south elevation of the mansion as a front page. Today, I’ve followed up with a north elevation in the same style. As usual, you can see all the front pages on the Front Page Gallery.

Happy Independence Day!

The White House photo stream has some nice new pics of the south lawn and West Wing interiors. In some of them, the president has got that football again. He’d better not come crying to me if he breaks something and gets grounded for a week.

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10 thoughts on “Front page north elevation blueprint

  1. !!WORK!! You made me think about WORK on a holiday!!! : )

    Beautiful elevation! Even the individual ashlar blocks in the wall! I’m glad they drew the flag flapping instead of a dead-on elevation. That would have been a little strange. I like the stars in the title block at the side.

    The site is really looking good, Derek.

    John, still alive in New Orleans…

  2. I’ve read somewhere … and it could have been on this site … that the White House has a storage facility for furniture that is not used by the presiding first family. Where is this storage facility and what types of items would be held there? I’m assuming that many of the White House antiques or historical pieces are kept in the Residence. Right? Also, does the White House borrowing paintings from the National Gallery for display at the White House?

  3. Just about every piece of furniture which the White House owns and is not in use at the WH is stored in the warehouse. Items would include the Oval Office carpets of previous presidents, the Jesse James’ (not the robber) gifted coffin-shaped table used in the Cabinet Room from the 1930s up to when Nixon’s gifted Williamsburg-style table was installed. I do not know exactly where the warehouse is located, but I think it is in nearby Maryland.

    If you compare photos of public rooms over the decades, like the Blue Room, and you see some furniture in that room in one earlier photo but not in a later one, then most likely the missing pieces were moved to the warehouse, although they could be in the president’s guest house, the Blair House, across the street.

    The BH added a lot of furniture, including some WH pieces, when it was renovated and expanded during the Reagan years. The BH expanded with several new private rooms, and what is called the BH now extends east from its original townhouse facade all the way to the corner of Jackson Square.

    The WH may borrow artwork from the National Gallery and from most any other government-controlled museum. When the WH asks, museum and gallery bureaucrats jump.

  4. Thanks for the information Rod. I’m totally fascinated with history, especially White House history. This building has so many stories and this website tells some of them so beautifully through pictures.

  5. Something I want to know is there any homes across the street from the WH or are there homes very close by where people living in those homes can clearly see the WH without much in the way?

  6. I think the only “residences” with a view of the White House would be a few suites or guest rooms at the Hay-Adams Hotel, at H & 16th Streets, which is across Layfayette Square, north of the WH. When you see an elevated television view of the WH from the north, that camera probably is located at the Hay-Adams Hotel or at the 1604 H Street office building at the corner of H Street & Connecticut Ave., to the west of the hotel.

    The top floor suites on the south side of the Hay Adams often are used by television crews when they are doing extended coverage of events at the WH and want to interview guests with the WH in the background.

    Otherwise, the WH is surrounded by either government buildings and parks, or, perhaps (I’m not sure if this is still the case) one private bank building on the NE corner of Pennsylvania Ave. and Madison Place. The view from there is of the trees on the NE corner of the WH parcel.

    All of the nearby buidings which used to be private residences and are still standing would be the townhouses on the west (Jackson Place) and east (Madison Place) sides of Lafayette Square. The townhouses, like Blair House, were built in the late 1790s and early 1800s as private residences. These now are owned by the government and are used by such agencies as the White House Historical Assn. and temporary presidential commissions. Two are museums. Jacqueline Kennedy was the saviour of these townhouses, which were about to be demolished in 1961, when she prevailed upon the Congress to save them.

  7. Rod, thanks for the info! Do you know if there is any apartments or condos in the D.C. area where you would be able to see the WH? Also for that matter, what hotels in the area would you be able to see the WH?

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