To study the homes of the presidents is to examine the inner workings of their private lives. Our 43 presidents have left behind homes that are as varied as the men themselves — from Mt. Vernon’s grand piazza, where George Washington sipped morning coffee with the sunrise, to the vast library at Springwood, where FDR found peace in stamp collecting. An exclusive look inside the most private places of our most public people.
Excerpted from the book Houses of the Presidents: Childhood Homes, Family Dwellings, Private Escapes, and Grand Estates. Copyright © 2012 by Hugh Howard and Roger Straus III. Reprinted by permission of Little, Brown and Company, New York, NY. All rights reserved.
Adapted by Abby Haglage