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Le Lappe – swimming pool in Chianti – Agriturismo con piscina
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Agriturismo in Toscana con piscina
Nella zona antistante l’agriturismo si trova la splendida piscina con acqua salata, perfettamente integrata nel parco ed il cui design crea l’effetto prospettico di uno specchio d’acqua naturale. Per offrire il benessere di un bagno tonificante e rigenerante all’aria aperta, una sezione della piscina è attrezzata con idromassaggio ed è alimentata con acqua calda. L’ampia terrazza solarium che la affianca è lo spazio ideale per godere intensi e piacevoli momenti di riposo.
Oakdale Farms Estate
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A beach entry provides easy access to the pool.
Washington DC: White House – South Portico
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The White House has served as the executive residence and principal workplace of every President of the United States of America since John Adams. At various times in its history, it has been called the "President’s Palace," the "President’s House," and the "Executive Mansion." President Theodore Roosevelt officially gave the White House its current name in 1901–a reference to the 570 gallons of white paint covering its exterior. Originally built between 1792 and 1800, and expanded over the years, today the White Houses consists of three major parts: The East Wing; the West Wing, housing the offices of the President and senior staff, the Cabinet Room, the Situation Room, the Press Briefing Room, and the Roosevelt Room; and the Executive Residence.
Following the Act of Congress in December 1790 declaring current day Washington D.C. as the new seat of the federal government, President George Washington and city planner Pierre L’Enfant chose the site for a new presidential mansion–1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Irish-born architect James Hoban’s design of white-painted Aquia sandstone in the late Georgian style was selected from a competition with eight other entries. Construction began on October 13, 1792, with Washington overseeing the laying of the cornerstone. Initial construction took place over a period of eight years, at a reported cost of 2,371.83, largely using slave and immigrant labor.
Second President of the United States John Adams became the first chief executive to take residence on November 1, 1800, while it was still unfinished. In 1801, Thomas Jefferson and architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe expanded the residence, creating the East and West Colonnades, concealing the domestic operations of laundry, a stable and storage. It was President Jefferson who first opened the house for tours, and it has has remained open to the public ever since.
In 1814, during the War of 1812, the mansion was set ablaze by British troops, destroying the interior and charring much of the exterior walls. Reconstruction began almost immediately and President James Monroe moved back in by October 1817. Construction continued with the addition of the South Portico in 1824 and the North in 1829. In 1835, running water and central heating were installed. In 1848, gaslight was installed. Covered pavilions and then large greenhouses for growing flowers and vegetables were constructed on either side of the mansion. Victorian ornamentation and decor were added from the 1870s to the 1890s. Electric lights supplemented gaslights in 1891, and the first electric elevator was added in 1898.
In 1902, Theodore Roosevelt began extensive renovations. To address the overcrowding in the executive mansion, he also built a new one-story office structure, connected to the Residence Jefferson’s west colannade and giving rise to the West Wing. Roosevelt also built an early-one-story East Wing as a formal guest entrance and removed the Victorian ornamentation and restored the mansion to the federal style with Georgian touches.
In 1909, William Howard Taft remodeled the interior of the West Wing, creating the Oval Office. In 1927, a new roof and third floor were added to Residence. A Christmas Eve electrical fire in 1929 significantly damaged the West Wing, which Herbert Hoover had the building remodeled without making significant changes. In 1934, Franklin Roosevelt added a second floor to the West Wing and moved the Oval Office to the southeast corner. He also added a swimming pool and gymnasium in the gallery (later replaced by Richard Nixon’s bowling alley). The present East Wing was expanded in the 1940’s, creating additional office space, balancing the enlarged West Wing, and covering the construction of the underground air-raid bunker known as the Presidential Emergency Operations Center.
In 2007, the White House was ranked #2 on the AIA 150 America’s Favorite Architecture list.
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