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Since the piazza roof was built just a year after the New Room addition roof was installed, the preserved shingles are brand new and still have their original red paint!

In his order to Philadelphia architect Joseph Rakestraw, Washington specified that the weathervane should Rakestraw constructed the weathervane from copper with an iron frame and lead head.

Unfortunately, because of the increased air pollution around the Washington, D. area, the original dove of peace had to be permanently removed in 1993.

Washington chooses the Neoclassical style, which features delicate plaster and composition ornament.

The focal points of the room are a large tri-partite Venetian window in the north wall, a high curved ceiling and an elaborate marble mantelpiece given to Washington by his English friend, Samuel Vaughan.

George Washington’s father, Augustine Washington, built a modest one and a half story house there in 1734.

Washington’s elder half-brother Lawrence lived at the property from 1741 until his death in 1752.

Washington first rusticated the Mansion in 1758 to make it appear constructed of structural sandstone blocks, which were more expensive than wood or even brick.

In doing so, Washington preserved the house his father built, while making it appear in the same league with other more substantially-built—and expensive—houses.

At 11,028 square feet with two and a half stories and a full cellar, the Mansion dwarfed the majority of dwelling houses in late 18th-century Virginia.

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