North face, with square portico in 2007 (Derek Jensen)
The President's Front Yard
The north lawn is the president's front yard. It has many old trees and other plantings, some of which date back nearly the full two hundred years of the White House's existence.
James Polk added a statue of Thomas Jefferson to the north lawn. This statue was later moved to the Capitol Building.
In the time of President Tyler, the acclaimed author Charles Dickens wrote of his visit:
Halloween fantasy on the north lawn in 2009 (Time - AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
The north fountain in 1992 (George Bush Presidential Library)
The north lawn and fountain in 1987 (Dept of Defense)
The north fountain around 1957 (Eisenhower Library)
The White House, circa 1903 (Library of Congress - Underwood & Underwood)
The fountain and plantings in 1902 (Library of Congress - Barnett Clinedinst)
The north lawn and fountain in 1900 (White House)
The north face, circa 1860, with Jefferson statue set up by President James Polk (Library of Congress - heavily restored)
Close up of the Jefferson statue from the 1860s (Library of Congress - heavily restored)