Interior designer Kelly Robson did this delicate architectural pen and ink sketch of The President's House in Philadelphia (click to enlarge). From 1790 to 1800, Philadelphia was the United States capital and this is where President Washington resided during his time in office. President John Adams also lived here for almost four years.
Often called "the first White House," the dwelling was owned by financier Robert Morris who rented it to Philadelphia for George Washington's use. In 1832, the building was gutted, and the land where it once stood -- on Market Street, one block north of Independence Hall -- eventually became a sometimes controversial archeological research site.
If you are looking for accurate information about the permanent home of the presidents, the official White House site and The White House Historical Association are good places to visit. Shown above is Irish-born architect James Hoban's White House design, courtesy the Maryland Historical Society.
I also thought it would be nice this week to revisit the Paul Williams post. The first African American member and Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), classicist Williams designed the Brentwood house, shown above, in the early 20th century. Diane Dorrans Saeks describes the white-painted brick dwelling as a cinematic take on an English cottage. And yes, you guessed it, new "First Decorator," Michael Smith, did up this house not too long ago.
The last image is from Michael S.Smith: Elements of Style, Rizzoli, 2005.