D2S Editor Favs: Week of February 18, 2008

Presidents%20Day.jpgOld hat.  Favorite Homes of U.S. Presidents

Design2Share's team decided this would be a great way to celebrate President's Day, highlighting our favorite presidential homes (not counting the White House, of course, which was merely their temporary digs). Our goal is to celebrate the diversity in presidential homes, from grand to humble. Enjoy!

 

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Kay Smith, the artist laureate of Illinois, painted this picture of the house where President Abraham Lincoln and his young family lived in Springfield until their move to Washington, DC.

 

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President Woodrow Wilson spent his last years living in this Washington, DC home, designed by architect Waddy Wood and built in 1915. 

 

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From 1954 to 1961, President William Jefferson Clinton spent part of his childhood in this Hot Springs, Arkansas home.

 

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President William Howard Taft grew up in this Greek Revival Cincinnati, Ohio suburban home (Mount Auburn); in fact, he's the boy with his hand on the fence!

 

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President Andrew Jackson restored The Hermitage, his 1837 Nashville, Tennessee mansion, after a fire and made it a Greek Revival beauty.

 

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Long Island's Oyster Bay, New York is the setting for lovely Sagamore Hill, the home of President Theodore Roosevelt, built in 1887 in Queen Anne style and designed by noted architects Lamb and Rich.

 

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The Cape Code style building vernacular was used in the Kennedy Compound buildings that President John Fitzgerald Kennedy used as his Hyannis Port, Massachusetts retreat. Love that ocean view!

 

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President James Madison and first lady Dolly lived in this house, named Montpelier, first built by Madison's family in 1764 near Orange, Virginia. This picture shows some of the extensive renovations being done to the two-story brick home with the later addition of a Tuscan portico; the renovations should be completed in 2008.

 

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President Jimmy Carter grew up on this peanut farm in Plains, Georgia.

 

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President George Washington and his 1759 Potomac River mansion, Mt. Vernon, are practically intertwined in the American consciousness.

 

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President Herbert Hoover was born in 1874 and raised in this two-room cottage in West Branch, Iowa.

 

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Work first began in 1769 on Monticello, the Roman neoclassical masterpiece by President Thomas Jefferson, and building proceeded for another forty years.

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