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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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  • Evan

    Is that a greenhouse on the east side?

    • John Forster

      West – you are looking at the south front of the White House which faces toward the ellipse and national mall. The greenhouse/conservatory was later replaced by the West Wing – the location of the Oval Office.