White House Renovation

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Every first family puts its stamp on the White House. The Obamas' new kitchen garden echoes the victory garden planted by Eleanor Roosevelt during WW II. F.D.R. made a cloakroom into a movie theater and put in an indoor swimming pool. Nixon, an avid bowler, added a one-lane alley. Eco-friendly Jimmy Carter installed solar panels on the roof in 1979, only to have Ronald Reagan remove them in 1986--proof that even First Families can't go home again.

A Presidential Playground

1 KITCHEN GARDEN The 1,100-sq.-ft. patch will grow 55 kinds of vegetables for White House meals

2 TENNIS COURT Teddy Roosevelt...

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