The President’s House

The President’s House

Philadelphia, PA
Perspectives on History

Before there was a White House in Washington DC, a home in Philadelphia was the residence and office for the nation’s first chief executives—George Washington and John Adams. During pre-construction in 2002, slave quarters were unearthed, which sparked a lively community debate on the most appropriate course of action for the exhibit. The often dramatic discussions over the future of the exhibit was brought to the stage by local playwright Thomas Gibbons, whose A House With No Walls used the controversy as a springboard for an examination of African-American identity. And Eisterhold was chosen to meet the complex design challenge that these debates had brought forth.