Public Works Architecture Spotlight: The White House

By June 29, 2016Architecture
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Happy Fourth of July, everyone! At SH Architecture, we all hope you have fun throwing backyard barbecues, sipping lemonade, eating apple pie, lighting fireworks, installing a geothermal heat pump, and experiencing unbridled patriotism.

We at SH Architecture are feeling the patriotic spirit ourselves. So much so, it eclipses our passion for sustainable architecture and public works architecture.

To honor our great country, today we focus on the history and architecture of one of the most famous United States of American cultural icons: The White House.

Early History of the Cultural and Architectural Icon

Construction of the White House began under George Washington’s presidency on October 13, 1792. Although the first President of the United States did not occupy the mansion, the second president, John Adams, did when it was completed November 1, 1800.

James Hoban was the man responsible for designing the White House. He was an Irish-born architect who moved to the United States after the Revolutionary War and made his fame in public works architecture. He won the honor to design the White House after winning a competition.

Over the decades, different presidents added to the building. After the building had been burned in the War of 1812, reconstruction began immediately with James Monroe adding a north and south portico. Theodore Roosevelt created the famous West Wing due to overcrowding. William Howard Taft expanded the West Wing and included the famous Oval Office.

The most famous restoration of the White House came from Jacqueline Kennedy. She saw to it that each room of the White House was centered around a certain theme, such as the Red Room being American Empire.

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The White House in All Its Glory

Architectural Features of the White House

The architectural style of the White House is neoclassical. People can distinguish the neoclassical elements themselves by taking note of the White House’s symmetrical shape, tall columns and triangular pediment, or the somewhat low-pitched roof seen on the front of the mansion.

The White House does have examples of sustainable living. For example, the Bush Administration installed solar thermal heaters and solar panels, and the Obama administration installed more solar panels on the roof.   

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We will continue to honor our country by helping you and making a positive impact on our communities. Whether it is by sustainable architecture, commercial development architecture or medical facilities architecture, everyone at SH Architecture thanks you. Our Las Vegas architects wish you and your family a happy and safe Fourth of July.

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