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Inside Blair House, president’s ritzy guest house in Washington, DC

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blair housePresident George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush meet with Betty Ford at Blair House on January 1, 2007.Eric Draper/AP

  • Blair House is the presidential guest house, just steps from the White House.
  • People call it the “world’s most exclusive hotel” because heads of state, royalty, and presidents-elect stay there as guests of the commander in chief.
  • Blair House was built in the 1820s as a family’s home, and then the US government bought it in 1942.
  • President Harry S. Truman even stayed there for four years while the White House was being renovated.

The White House may be the most famous building along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, but there’s a lesser-known government residence next door that has played a role in US history and American diplomacy for decades.

The Blair House, just steps from the north lawn of the White House, is the official presidential guest house.

Since World War II, it has acted as the “world’s most exclusive hotel,” hosting heads of state, royalty, and presidents-elect.

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte stayed there for three days during President Donald Trump’s first official state visit.

And former President George W. Bush is staying there with his family before his father’s DC funeral.

While the White House remains the main meeting location for US presidents and their foreign visitors, the guest house carries significance. Take a look inside Blair House.

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