A sketch of the neighborhood into which President and Mrs. Adams moved in
1800. The President's residence is the most distant building, to the left of
the center of the picture. The building was not to be known as the White House
until after it had been burned during the War of 1812 and then reconstructed and
painted white. This drawing by N. King, made probably in 1799 and published in
1805, is the earliest known picture of what was to become the White House.
Copyright 1959, 1964, 1969 by T. Harry Williams, Richard N. Current, and