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The President's Neighborhood: Lafayette Park

Weekend Tour

Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Code: 1NWC07

Houses on Lafayette Square (Photo: Bruce M. White)

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Photographer Bruce White has spent much time in and around the White House, shooting it for numerous books published by the White House Historical Association, as well as others on Washington’s history and architectural heritage. As the author of At Home in the President’s Neighborhood, he’s the perfect guide for a walking tour of the area most closely connected with the residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Lafayette Park.

Through a focus on historic buildings and public sculptures, White leads a tour that tells stories of the statesmen, movers and shakers, and citizens that have been drawn to Lafayette Park from the early years of the Republic to today and some of the most famous—and infamous—events for which the neighborhood has served as a backdrop. Stops include the Blair House, the Dolley Madison House, Hay Adams Hotel, Stephen Decatur House, St. John's Church, and of course, the White House. (All visits are exteriors only). 

The tour is 1.5 hours; meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square.

Tour meets at Layfayette Square by Andrew
Jackson Statue, Pennsylvania Ave & 16th St NW
Metro: Farragut West or McPherson Square