Residence Act Research Paper

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Our nation’s capital was established as Washington D.C. on July 16, 1790. What led Washington D.C. in becoming our capital was the Residence Act, which was actually more of a compromise of conflicting sides than a direct act. After the Revolutionary war, much of the country was in debt. In order to pay off the debt, Alexander Hamilton, the secretary of treasury within Washington’s administration, pushed for Congress to pass the Assumption Bill, which would allow the Federal government to assume the debts accumulated by the states. In order to do so, he would need 4 opposing delegates to support his bill. Meanwhile, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson pushed for a more southerly (in contrast to other proposed sites) capitol site along the Potomac…show more content…
Now it has The White House has 132 rooms, including 16 family-guest rooms, 1 main kitchen, 1 diet kitchen, 1 family kitchen, and 35 bathrooms. There are 2 original rooms that are oval in shape. This was because there were two floors. Only in 1927, was a third floor added. Currently, there are 3 oval rooms in the White house. These are the yellow room, blue room, and the Diplomatic room. Part of the reason some of the rooms are oval is that it recreates the space for a formal reception called the “Levee”. It was borrowed from the English court. It was also a Bourque concept that was adapted by Neoclassicism. In other words, it was part of a ceremonial manner that Washington had used. Making it a way to formally greet guests as they would stand near the walls in a circle. The Truman Balcony was constructed to the South Portico at 2nd floor. This was initially a controversy but Truman prevailed. He argued that it would help balance the south face of the White house. Also, it would provide shade for the first floor. However, after an examination of the rest of the White house, architects and the engineers determined that the whole house was now not structurally sound. This led to the interior being taken apart and the house was left as a shell. To put it succinctly, everything was stripped. It was then rebuilt using concrete and steel beams in place of its original wooden…show more content…
The White House is the sign of democracy and freedom, the sign of conflicts and compromises that make up who America is today. Many tourists, even from other countries, come to see the White House, its glory, and virtue, it’s freedom and spirit, the location that started it all. The symbol of the nation which withstood the imperialistic hand of its former ties, the nation that started on its own to escape the captivity of religion and spirit, the nation that would catalyze a trend of revolutions all around the globe who would take an example from
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