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Several other Georgian-era Irish country houses have been suggested as sources of inspiration for the overall floor plan, details like the bow-fronted south front, and interior details like the former niches in the present Blue Room.
These influences, though undocumented, are cited in the official White House guide, and in White House Historical Association publications.
On his recommendation, the house was changed from three stories to two, and was widened from a nine-bay facade to an 11-bay facade. The building has classical inspiration sources, that could be found directly or indirectly in the Roman architect Vitruvius or in Andrea Palladio styles; Palladio being an Italian architect of the Renaissance which had a considerable influence on the Western architecture (Palladian architecture).
The building Hoban designed is verifiably influenced by the upper floors of Leinster House, in Dublin, which later became the seat of the Oireachtas (the Irish parliament).
Aerial view of the White House complex, viewed from north.
The property is a National Heritage Site owned by the National Park Service and is part of the President's Park.On Saturday, he became the first president to occupy the White House.The President's House in Philadelphia became a hotel and was demolished in 1832, while the unused presidential mansion became home to the University of Pennsylvania.Reconstruction began almost immediately, and President James Monroe moved into the partially reconstructed Executive Residence in October 1817.Exterior construction continued with the addition of the semi-circular South portico in 1824 and the North portico in 1829.