was on this day that the ceremonial cornerstone was laid.
was called the White House simply because it was a white house in the middle of
red brick buildings. It would be finished so that President John Adams could move
in, in 1800.
states of Maryland and Virginia had ceded territory around the Potomac River for
the nation's capital, the District of Columbia. It was the geographic center of
the new country, as it then was, and succeeded Philadelphia as the nation's capital.
started work on the new city in 1791. The main architect was from France, Charles