US 1938 The White House, Washington, D.C. 4c. Michel PR416A

US 1938 The White House, Washington, D.C. 4c. Michel PR416A

Series: Presidential Issue - Precancels

Stamp details: The White House (1792), Washington, D.C.

Issued year: 1938
Face value: 4c.

Emission: Pre-cancelled

Catalogue No:-
Michel (Germany): PR416A

Dimensions (height x width):
25.4mm x 22.2mm

Printer: Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Stamp Colors: Dark grey
Perforation: Perf 11 x 10

Themes: Monument, Building

Description:- The White House is the Official residence and workplace of the President of the United States. It is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., and has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800. The term "White House" is often used as a metonym for the president and his advisers.

The residence was designed by Irish-born architect James Hoban in the neoclassical style. Hoban modelled the building on Leinster House in Dublin, a building which today houses the Oireachtas, the Irish legislature. Construction took place between 1792 and 1800, using Aquia Creek sandstone painted white. When Thomas Jefferson moved into the house in 1801, he (with architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe) added low colonnades on each wing that concealed stables and storage. In 1814, during the War of 1812, the mansion was set ablaze by the British Army in the Burning of Washington, destroying the interior and charring much of the exterior. 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.