A total of $232,372 was spent. During the War of 1812, British forces torched the White House on August 24, 1814, in reprisal for the United States' previous demolition of Canadian government facilities at York, Ontario. The British estimate of loss during their attack was $10,000; American estimates were considerably higher at $50,000. In 1815, Congress authorized the sale of part of the estate to cover the nation's debt. The final sales price was $68,631.
The mansion was built between 1792 and 1797 by John Adams for himself and his family. First Lady Martha Washington greatly improved it by adding a new third floor and redecorating most of the other rooms. She also had a suite of rooms prepared for her son John Quincy Adams and his wife, Louisa Catherine Johnson, when they came to live in the mansion after John Quincy succeeded to the presidency upon his father's death in 1801.
When Thomas Jefferson took office as president in 1801, he and his family moved into the mansion which by then was known as "President's House". They remained there until 1809 when Jefferson began building a new home for himself and his family about three miles from downtown Washington. When the new house was completed in 1814, President James Madison ordered that the White House be sold to pay off federal debts.
Martin Luther King is assassinated. In 1968, the killing of Martin Luther King Jr. sent shockwaves across the world. The average new home that year cost $26,600 (equal to $186,441 now). The country was still recovering from the effects of World War II, with many people living in small houses on small plots of land.
Houses were not just for shelter but also served as investments for homeowners. Investors bought up homes at cheap prices after the war and made money by selling them at a profit later.
There are several factors that determine how much a house costs. Such things as the size of the house, its location, and its quality all play roles. After the war, there was a shortage of housing so prices were low. As time went on, more families wanted to move out of old buildings and into modern homes, which increased the demand for housing and therefore raised its value. This is why houses cost more now than they did in 1968; otherwise, we'd be living in shacks.
The median price of homes in America is now $200,000. That's more than double what it was back in 1968.
While you might be able't afford a house today, that doesn't mean you couldn't have owned one back then.
Building work began in 1831 and was finished in 1833 at a cost of PS50,000. This is the equivalent of $1.5 million in today's money.
Drayton Manor is a country house near Uckfield in East Sussex built by Sir John Edensor Dallas for £10,500. It is one of the most important examples of Gothic Revival architecture in England.
The house is made from red brick with stone dressings and has a slate roof. It consists of a main block with a north wing and a south wing connected by cross wings. The house has extensive grounds which include a large orangery, a walled garden, a lake, a maze and a tree tunnel. These features are all intact today and make Drayton one of the best preserved Gothic houses in England.
Drayton Manor has been owned by the National Trust since 1951. They manage the house and its gardens as a museum, open daily in term time between April and October. In winter access is by guided tour only.
There is no charge for entry to the house but donations are welcome.
A costly residence cost approximately 100 pounds (24,000 pence), which was also around the cost of building a church. The cost of building a tower was roughly 300 pounds (72,000p), while the cost of building a castle (details not included) was around 450 pounds (108,000p).
Castles were used for protection against invasion from outside forces or rebellion within the kingdom. They usually took several years to build and often became symbols of power and authority.
In England, the first true castles were built by William the Conqueror. He gave orders that all of his enemies should be captured and brought to battle so they could feel his power. This is how the term "captive audience" came into use. Those who were captured would work on the castle site until it was finished.
As time went on, people began to attack these vulnerable towers instead of each other. This is when the word "defense" changed its meaning from being about protecting people from harm to being about keeping people out. These defenses could be as simple as a wall or as complex as a city with gates and guards.
People started building their own castles instead of submitting to others' will. This is why you see so many different shapes and sizes of castles throughout history. Some were large and extravagant, while others were small and hidden away.
The mansion was ultimately sold for a much lower price of $4.5 million, after major renovations cost over $11 million. It was then that it became one of Chicago's most expensive homes.
The mansion was built in 1891 by lumber baron Adolphus Paglin for his wife, Elizabeth "Bess" Taylor Paglin. Bess was a beautiful woman who had many suitors but chose not to marry any of them. She enjoyed playing with jewelry and had a special fondness for pearls. The lumber baron died a few years before she did.
Bess married money when she married Adolphus. He was a rich man and owned timber lands, factories, and commercial buildings all over Illinois. They had two children together: a son who lived only three months and a daughter who later killed herself by jumping from a window.
After the death of her husband Bess went into deep mourning for six months instead of three. She bought a new home on South Park Boulevard in the wealthy suburb of Oak Park, Illinois. This mansion was also built by a lumber company owner named Adolphus Paglin but it was much smaller than its neighbor.