Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Washington DC

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Government Building Tourist Spot
The Eisenhower Executive Office Building — formerly known as the Old Executive Office Building and even earlier as the State, War, and Navy Building — is a U.S. government building situated just west of the White House in the U.S. capital of Washington, D.C. Maintained by the General Services Administration, it is occupied by the Executive Office of the President, including the Office of the Vice President of the United States. Located on 17th Street NW, between Pennsylvania Avenue and New York Avenue, and West Executive Drive, the building, commissioned by Ulysses S. Grant, built between 1871 and 1888, on the site of the original 1800 War/State/Navy Building and the White House stables, in the French Second Empire style, is a National Historic Landmark. It was for years the world's largest office building, with 566 rooms and about ten acres of floor space. Many White House employees have their offices in the massive edifice.
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  • This might not even be a point of interest as we could not gain access the building is imposing and would likely give a real historical perspective if accessible  more »
  • Great architecture. Worth a walk around while you are next door looking at the White House. Very gothic  more »
  • Not much to do here other than a quick look. Building architecture is very strange and fairly ugly compared to the other government buildings in DC. You can't go inside so don't waste much time here w...  more »
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  • "The Star Spangled Banner" Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
  • One of significant buildings!!! A great place to take a nice photos~ For a tourist, I would highly recommend walk around this area! Every building is special!!!
  • Beautiful building to look at, probably one of the best-looking buildings in the city. However, civilians are not allowed inside, as it is home to members of the Executive Branch.
  • This building is beautiful and symmetrical from all sides which is a treat to eyes. Good place to take pictures with a good and historical architecture.
  • Incredible bldg!! Massively impressive. I would love to go inside and see it!

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