The House Tells the Story:

Homes of the American Presidents

An incredible collaboration featuring a stunning collection of Presidential homes painted by artist Adam Van Doren with a foreword by David McCullough.

Pre-eminent historian David McCullough and noted artist Adam Van Doren unite for an excursion to the celebrated homes of fifteen American presidents, past and present. The text is personal and unaffected; Van Doren visited these homes to ensure that he recorded every detail accurately, often becoming acquainted with the former presidents themselves, always trying to portray them in the human environment they created for themselves. The artwork is perceptive and revealing; he misses very little. McCullough puts the history of the homes in perspective in his lucid and perceptive prose. A gift book both useful and beautiful belonging to the library of anyone interested in our architectural, social, or political history.

The House Tells the Story if it does nothing else, proves that the art of letter writing is not, after all, dead. Every page of each letter contains one or more charming and evocative watercolor pictures of the houses, furniture, vistas, and historical incidents . . . [it] is an utter delight, as it opens windows into the history of this country by showing how some of this country’s makers and shapers lived.
—John Steele Gordon, Wall Street Journal

Adam Van Doren received a Master’s in architecture from Columbia University and has been a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. He teaches at Yale University and has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., among other institutions. His work is included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Wadsworth Atheneum, and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and his family makes their home in New York.

David McCullough is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize as well as the National Book Award, and has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. An avid reader and traveler, as well as a devoted painter, he has maintained a lifelong interest in art and architecture.