When John and Abigail Adams moved into the unfinished White House in 1800, Lafayette Square was the most prestigious address in the Nation’s Capital.
Today, the historic neighborhood around the White House and Lafayette Park showcases distinguished buildings, architecture, and sculpture with fascinating and dramatic stories that reflect the history of the city and the nation.
This neighborhood offers you the opportunity to visit historic homes and six important museums – from the Octagon and the Corcoran to the National Center for White House History at Decatur House and St. John's Church, the church of the presidents.
Also check out outstanding examples of diverse architectural styles, from the distinguished Greek revival Treasury to the magnificent Beaux-Arts Eisenhower Executive Office Building, and more than 40 officially designated historic sites.
In the parks and green spaces of this historic neighborhood you'll discover a virtual gallery of sculpture honoring the lives of war heroes and ordinary people alike. The Marquis de Lafayette welcomes visitors to the "Presidents Park" from the southeast corner, while Andrew Jackson reviews his troops (and visitors below!) from the center axis.
Check out our Calendar for up-to-date information on exhibitions, lectures and other heritage happenings in the city.
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