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The White House Neighborhood

The construction of the White House prompted the growth of the surrounding area into a vibrant neighborhood for the president and the American people. Today, Lafayette Square sits to the north of the White House and serves as a public park. Visitors come to catch a glimpse of the White House through the gates and encounter statues commemorating America’s past amidst a lush green park. Lafayette Square is bordered by a variety of townhouses and structures, some dating back to the early 1800s. Learn more about the history of Lafayette Square, the origins of the buildings within it, and First Lady Jaqueline Kennedy’s preservation efforts.