As to the house it is a country residence, the handsomest I have seen in America, it is symmetrically built and has two stories, counting the false roofs, wherein some pretty chambers have been constructed" wrote Claude Blanchard in 1782. The lure of Mount Vernon was as powerful a magnet in the eighteenth century as it is for visitors today. In one year alone, nearly 700 overnight guests lodged in the "pretty chambers," and many more found it a necessary daytrip destination in Virginia. George Washington understood the power of architecture as he boldly designed and expanded a home that was to become frequently imitated, and perhaps the most copied house in the country. The Mansion's enduring beauty is the product of Washington's intellect and talent, a surveyor's practiced eye and an architect's imagination. Created to celebrate the 275th anniversary of George Washington's birth as well as the enduring iconic style of his home, this 2007 Mount Vernon Holiday Ornament beautifully offsets the Mansion's west front against a backdrop of the stunning oval pediment window. Elegant decorative motifs selected from the large dining room complement the classic design. The engraving on the reverse side features the east front of the Mansion, and is inscribed "275th Anniversary of the Birth of George Washington" and "2007." Measures about 2 1/2" high by 3 1/2" wide. 24 kt gold finish with enamel details. Beautifully gift boxed along with an educational enclosure card.
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