Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 19, 1960):
The cornerstone of the White House, the first public building to be erected in Washington, was laid on October 13, 1792. Designed by James Hoban, the house was completed in 1800. It has been the home of every president of the United States since John Adams, and is recognized around the world as the physical symbol of that office. The exterior, with additions and minor changes, remains much as it was, though the interior has been completely renovated using the historic floor plan.