Built in 1824 for Dr. Joseph Lovell, first Surgeon General of the United
States, Blair House was one of the most fashionable homes in one of the
few fashionable locations in the fledgling capital. Today this National
Historic Landmark (actually five homes together) serves as the official
guest house of the President of the United States. Foreign dignitaries
stay there while on official visits to the U.S. Among the guests the
house has recently hosted are British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Chinese
president Jiang Zemin and Israeli Prime Minister Ehuh Barak.