Blair House, Washington DC

The President's Guest House, commonly known as Blair House, is a complex of four formerly separate buildings—Blair House, Lee House, Peter Parker House, and 704 Jackson Place—located in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. A major interior renovation of these 19th century residences between the 1950s and 1980s resulted in their reconstitution as a single facility.The President's Guest House is one of several residences owned by the United States government for use by the President and Vice President of the United States; other such residences include the White House, Camp David, One Observatory Circle, the Presidential Townhouse, and Trowbridge House. The President's Guest House has been called "the world's most exclusive hotel" because it is primarily used to host visiting dignitaries and other guests of the president. It is larger than the White House and closed to the public.NameStrictly speaking, "Blair House" refers to one of four existing structures that were merged to form a single building. The U.S. State Department generally uses the name Blair House to refer to the entire facility, saying, "Blair House is the building officially known as The President's Guest House." The General Services Administration refers to the entire complex as the "President's Guest House" and uses the name Blair House to denote the historic Blair House portion of the facility.
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  • Blair House is the President’s Guest House. We were walking by and were delighted to see it decorated for the holidays. We were reminded of just recently watching as the Bush Family left the residence...  more »
  • Came to see where all the overseas dignitaries stayed - was impressive Fun to learn that it was created by FDR after a drunken visit by Churchill and an incident with Eleanor  more »
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  • Across the street from the White House, Blair House has been the President's Guest House since 1942. It is actually a complex of four formerly separate buildings: Blair House, Lee House, Peter Parker House, and 704 Jackson Place, former residences among the oldest in the District of Columbia. Closed to the public the complex is definitely worth a stop to admire the architecture when in the neighborhood.
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