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The President's House

Our understanding of history rarely changes. But in the case of the President's House at 6th and Market Streets in Center City Philadelphia, it changes almost daily. A few years ago, the location and look of the home of the Washingtons and Adamses when Philadelphia was the nation's capital was confirmed. We learned about the story of slavery at the site next to the Liberty Bell, which will be remembered in a monument there. And today we are learning that the foundation of the first presidential oval office, which originated at this house, survives. Watch as archeologists continue to discover evidence from the new nation — evidence thought to be long lost.


The house no longer exists, but the Philadelphia "White House" stood a block north of Independence Hall. The website of Independence Hall Association is the most comprehensive destination for the evolving story.

In January 2002, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania published the article by Edward Lawler that started the renewed interest in the site. "The President's House in Philadelphia: The Rediscovery of a Lost Landmark," was originally published in The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography.

Freedom and Slavery in Making a New Nation - A Joint Project of the City of Philadelphia and National Park Service to be Located Adjacent to the Liberty Bell Center in Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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