Blair House

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Exterior view of Blair House

Blair House is a guest house for state visitors to Washington, D.C. (capital of the United States).

The structure, located at 1651-1653 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest, was originally built in 1824 as a residence for Joseph Lovell, first Surgeon General of the United States. In 1836 it was acquired by Francis Preston Blair, a newspaper publisher and influential advisor to President Andrew Jackson. It would remain in his family for the following century.

During much of the presidency of Harry Truman, it acted as the residence of the President of the United States, while the interior of the White House, which had been found to have serious structural faults, was completely gutted and rebuilt. On November 1, 1950 Puerto Rican nationalists Griselio Torresola and Oscar Collazo attempted to assassinate Truman in the Blair House.

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