President Taft’s Sleeping Porch at the White House

Seems odd that the President would sleep outside, but this was Washington before air conditioning. I’m sure it was miserable living here during the summer. Frankly, it still is pretty miserable during the summer.

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Sleeping porch on the roof of the White House Erected during the Taft Administration
Sleeping porch on the roof of the White House Erected during the Taft Administration

Source: Library of Congress

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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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