9 Historic Landmarks that are Really Fake

By Ann Sullivan

You may have visited one of these historic landmarks on a family vacation or school field trip. You probably thought you were standing on the very floor where an historic event took place. What you may not have been aware of, is that the original structures were long gone and forgotten before anyone realized their significance. Or, they may have been destroyed in a fire or other disastrous event. As a result, replicas were put in their place. In some cases, they were passed off as the original at the time they were unveiled. It may surprise you when you check out these 9 Landmark sites that are really fake.

1) The White House, Washington, D.C.

George Washington chose the site for the White House in 1791. By 1792 the cornerstone was laid, and the design submitted by Irish-born architect James Hoban was approved. In 1800, President John Adams and his wife, Abigail, moved into to the incomplete structure, which was still under construction. In 1814, during the War of 1812, British soldiers set fire to the house. James Hoban was again appointed to rebuild it. The south and north porticos were not constructed until 1824 and 1829, respectively. By 1902, during the term of Theodore Roosevelt, the White House saw another major renovation, including relocating the President’s Office to what’s now known as The West Wing. The Oval Office was added during the term of President William Howard Taft. Less than fifty years after Roosevelt’s renovations, President Harry S. Truman ordered a complete renovation once again. Everything but the outer walls were dismantled and rebuilt.