Entrance porch

Entrance porch (courtesy of the Third Bureau, Office of the President)

This is the building’s principal entrance porch. The original porch was done in a Baroque style and featured Ionic columns supporting a half-domed roof, but it took heavy damage in World War II Allied bombing. In the post-war repair, the roof was made flat and the style became much simpler. Here, the president, vice president, and their guests can alight from their cars and walk through the Main Entrance to the Entrance Hall.