Chapter 28. The White House and President's Park

The White House and President's Park

The White House from the south public viewing area off of E Street NW. Taken at ISO 1600, f/4, 1/80 second with a 160mm lens.

Why It's Worth a Photograph

It's known as the most recognized address in the United States — 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. The White House is the official residence and office of the President of the United States.

Following in the tradition of the White House being open to the public (it is the only private residence for a head of state in the world that is), tours of its interior are available to U.S. citizens by contacting their member of Congress. Non-U.S. citizens may arrange a tour through their embassy in Washington, D.C. However, essentially nothing is allowed to come with you after you enter the White House, including cameras.

President's Park encompasses the White House as well as the areas just around it: the White House Visitor's Center, Lafayette Park (to the north) and President's Park South, known as The Ellipse.

The best locations from which to photograph the White House and President's Park: (A) the sidewalk at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, (B) E Street NW, and (C) General Jackson statue in Lafayette Park. Nearby photo ops: (3) Ford's Theatre, (7) Lincoln Memorial, (9) National Air and Space Museum, (10) National Archives, (11) National Mall, (12) National World War II Memorial, (14) Old Post Office, (16) Smithsonian Institution Castle, (26) Vietnam Veterans National Memorial, and (27) Washington Monument.

Figure 28.1. The best locations from which to photograph the White House and President's Park: (A) the sidewalk at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, (B) E Street NW, and (C) General Jackson statue in Lafayette Park. Nearby photo ops: (3) Ford's Theatre, (7) Lincoln Memorial, (9) National ...

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