America's Favorite Architecture Comes to LEGO
The Whitehouse is the latest architectural icon in the LEGO Architecture series. The White House Lego set comprises of 560 pieces. The total built model measures 22cm. Although the LEGO set is a replica of the Whitehouse, it is just made up 560 pieces (unlike the 5000 pieces of the Taj Mahal lego) which leave little room for finer details which give the building its less detailed aesthetic appeal. As a result this LEGO Whitehouse would better interest kids rather than Architecture buffs with an eye for detail.
Included in the Lego White House box set is also a booklet which outlines the history of the original building a wheel as instruction for assembling your own replica. The booklet is available in English only.
More About The Whitehouse
The White house was designed by Irish born Architect James Hoban. The building was built between 1792 an 1800. Built in the Neo classical architectural style the building also bears resemblence to the Irish parliamentary house Leinster House and Georgian style of Dublin townhouses.
The first president to take resident in the whit house was John in 1801,since the original design there have been several additions the most notable being architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe who expanded the building outward, creating two colonnades that were meant to conceal stables and storage areas.
The Whitehouse suffered considerable damage by the British in 1812-14, later the South Portico and the North in 1829. The Oval office was created in 1909, in 1824 by President William Howard Taft.
The third-floor attic was converted to living quarters in 1927. In 948 under Harry S. Truman, the interior rooms were completely dismantled the internal timber structure was replaced with load-bearing steel frame support structures.
Currently the Whitehouse includes the White House Complex includes the Executive Residence, West Wing, Cabinet Room, Roosevelt Room, East Wing, and the Old Executive Office Building, which houses the executive offices of the President and Vice President.
Read more about the history of the Whitehouse in the official page:http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/history
Source: http://www.mdhs.org/explore/museum/collections/1793.html (Acessed 16.08.2010).
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