The White House or The Presidential Palace (as it was once known) has changed a great deal over the years. It was not originally white, for example. After the British burned the building in the War of 1812, it was restored and painted. Teddy Roosevelt gave official sanction to the executive mansion`s popular name.

Presidents have customized the property over time: Grant put in a personal zoo; FDR, a pool; Truman, a balcony; Bush, a horseshoe-throwing lane; and Clinton, a jogging track. Some residents never leave: it`s said that Eleanor Roosevelt and Harry Truman both sighted Lincoln`s ghost in Abe`s old study.

An overhaul in 1950 gutted almost the entire interior, and Jacqueline Kennedy`s extensive redecoration campaign in the 1960s replaced a previous hodgepodge of knickknacks with her immaculate style. Just standing outside this spectacular place is inspiring, tours are available with expert guides which allow you to fully experience the history and heritage of the Presidents home, please enquire for details.

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