|Address:||1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.|
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Overview of organization: The White House serves as the home and office of the President of the United States, the headquarters of the executive branch of government and a historic house museum with 1.2 million visitors annually. It is the setting for state ceremonies and official functions.
On November 1, 1800, John Adams, our second president, was the first
president to live in the White House. Although the first president,
George Washington, oversaw construction, he never lived here. Washington
chose Irish-born and trained architect James Hoban to build the sandstone
residence. Construction began in 1792 and was completed in 1800.