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Vice President's House – Where is the Vice President's Residence?

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Though it is common knowledge that the U. S. President lives in the White House, it’s not so well known where the Vice President resides. So where in Washington, DC is the Vice President’s house?

The answer – Number One Observatory Circle, on the grounds of the United States Naval Observatory at 34th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW (about one mile northeast of Georgetown University). See a map.

The three-story Victorian-style mansion was originally built in 1893 as the home of the superintendent of the United States Naval Observatory. In 1974, Congress designated the house as the official residence of the Vice President. Until that time vice presidents bought their own homes in Washington, DC. The Naval Observatory has continued to operate as a research facility where scientists make observations of the sun, moon, planets and stars.

Walter Mondale was the first Vice President to move into the home. It has since been home to the families of Vice Presidents Bush, Quayle, Gore, and Cheney. Vice President and Dr. Biden currently reside there.

The Vice President's Offices

The Vice President has an office in the West Wing of the White House and his staff maintains a set of offices in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, called the Vice President's Ceremonial Office, which are used for meetings and press interviews. The Ceremonial Office served as the Navy Secretary's Office when the EEOB housed the State, Navy and War Departments.

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