President's Park, c.82 acres (33 hectares), Washington, D.C. A unit of the National Park system, it includes the White House, the official residence of the president of the United States; Lafayette Square, 7 acres (2.8 hectares), N of the White House on H Street, a public park originally called President's Park; the Ellipse, 52 acres (21 hectares), a public park S of the White House that is officially called President's Park South; and the White House Visitor Center, in the Herbert C. Hoover Building, the starting point for White House tours, with exhibits and artifacts relating to the White House. See National Parks and Monuments (table).
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