text: seven walking tours through historic Philadelphia

President's House

Presidents house
Conjectural elevation copyright 2002 Edward Lawler, Jr.

The house no longer exists, but it was the "White House" of the United States from 1790 to 1800 when Philadelphia was the capital. It was the center of the Federal Branch of the government for Washington and John Adams, prior to the capital moving to Washington, DC.

The new Liberty Bell Center partially covers some of the house's backbuildings and stands just in front of the site of the slave quarters that housed some of Washington's slaves.

For extensive detail about the house, Washington's slaves, and the controversy surrounding this important historical and archeological site, including detailed original historical research by historial Ed Lawler, check out
The Presdient's House in Philadelphia

Independence Hall Area