Beautiful 1857 White House and Conservatory Photo

Whoa. This one is amazing. James Buchanan was the president when this photo was taken — unless it was early that year, then it was Franklin Pierce.

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The White House conservatory in 1857
The White House conservatory in 1857

Source: Library of Congress

The conservatory was eventually demolished to be replaced by the West Wing.

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  • Sheila

    That IS an amazing photo. I sure would love to have one just like it.