The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States. Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., the house was designed by Irish-born James Hoban and built between 1792 and 1800 of white-painted Aquia sandstone in the Neoclassical style. It has been the residence of every U.S. President since John Adams.
White House in Trail of Glory
The Executive Mansion was targted by the British in August, 1814. Initially, Captain Sam Houston had considered mounting a defense of the Executive Mansion, but with some gentle direction from Lt. Patrick Driscol, instead went to the more defensible Capitol Building.