View of the White House’s East Wing

We love this old photo of the White House, which we found in the Library of Congress’ archives. There is not date on it, but since there is no Truman Balcony, it’s likely some time in the 1920s or 1930s.

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The White House East Wing as viewed from the south
The White House East Wing as viewed from the south

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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  • Audrey Burtrum-Stanley

    Know how you can tell the photo of the southside of the White House is of the pre-Truman Administration era? (*NOTE: It does NOT have to do with the Truman Balcony!) President Jackson planted the famed, large magnolia in the SW area of the house’s south side; In order to ‘balance’ the symmetry of the landscape, President Truman ordered a second, large magnolia should be planted on the opposite side.
    The Jackson magnolia is one of the moe historically important plantings on the property and is given TLC! It lost a few limbs when a small airplane flew into it while trying to cause damage to the White House. Beneath the tree is an intimate patio with table and several chairs. There are photos of Pres. Obama seated there, drinking beer with others. The newer Truman Magnolia is at the edge of ‘The First Ladies Garden’ /a.k.a.: ‘The Jacqueline Kennedy Garden’, which features a narrow, lattice gazebo-like area, a shallow reflection pool along with a little girl statue sculpted by the same artist who did the more famous ‘Bird Girl’ statue from the book & movie “Midnight In The Garden Of Good & Evil.’