As the joke goes – you’d think he’da seen it.
More accurately, as the History channel reports, President John Adams arrived in our town on June 3rd, 1800, to find the President’s House not yet done. This document from the historical society reveals that he had to pack up and get out of the President’s House in Philadelphia because the lease expired. While the unfinished structure could safely store his furniture, it wasn’t habitable for people, much less a President.
If you wonder, as I did, whether the current Tunnicliffe’s over at Eastern Market could be close enough to be the same space, well The Hill is Home has the answer: no. In part two of their piece last year about William Tunnicliff they talk about this space and Adams’ stay there and identify it as being at the south-east corner of 1st and A, NE.
If that doesn’t immediately jump out at you, that’s where the Supreme Court currently resides.