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Photos show the White House is surprisingly small

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The White House has been a symbol of the US president’s executive authority since John Adams and first lady Abigail moved in 218 years ago.

The mansion’s iconic porticos, halls, and rooms have witnessed several administrations and countless guests, including tourists, celebrities, and heads of state. Past presidents have called it “the best public housing” and a “gilded cage”.

After receiving either a high-profile invitation to an official event or clearance from a local representative for a tour, visitors to the mansion might be surprised at its modest scale, especially compared to the massive monuments and museums that sit a few blocks away.

In 2017, a few members of President Donald Trump’s private Bedminster club told Golf magazine that he called the White House a “dump.” The president later denied this remark in a tweet. “I love the White House, one of the most beautiful buildings (homes) I have ever seen,” Trump tweeted.

Former diplomat Chase Untermeyer, who worked in the White House for four and a half years, said the West Wing in particular “is a very small place.” “It’s got three floors, but the footprint it occupies isn’t very much bigger than a house in a prosperous suburb,” he said in 2015.

See the decades-old architecture and decorations that make up the historic White House.

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