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.

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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Map of Thomas Circle in 1888

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