Blair House Moon

Cora Wandel

Washington, D.C., United States

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Built in 1824, and in the service of the United States since 1942, Blair House stands across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House. It is the President’s Guest House and is primarily used to house foreign heads of state visiting the President, but it has also been used for domestic guests. Several presidents-elect of the United States have spent the night before their inauguration in the house. President George W. Bush arranged for First Lady Nancy Reagan to stay in the house in 2004 and receive guests there following the state funeral for her husband, former President Ronald Reagan; the same was done for former First Lady Betty Ford in 2006 following the state funeral of her husband, former President Gerald Ford.

During much of the presidency of Harry Truman, Blair House served as the residence of the President and his family while the interior of the White House was completely gutted and rebuilt. President Truman walked across the street from his temporary residence to his office in the West Wing each day. On November 1, 1950, Puerto Rican nationalists Griselio Torresola and Oscar Collazo attempted to assassinate President Truman in Blair House. The assassination was foiled, in part by White House Policeman Leslie Coffelt, who killed Torresola but was himself killed.

This is a photograph of the corner of Blair House which faces Lafayette Park. The park is directly across the street from the White House.

Blair House has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1966.

Source: Wikipedia

Thank you to the group “Neighborhoods” for featuring this photograph.

Camera: Canon Rebel XTi 400D

Photograph is “as is” from the camera, there was no post processing.

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