White House History: Built in 1924, for George (Billy) and Elizabeth (Adams) Burden, the house was the home to the Burdens, who raised their three children there. The home was occupied from 1924 to Mrs. Burden’s death in 1982, when it was bequeathed to the City of Dubuque in order that it be made available to the public for a variety of educational uses. We determined a period of significance to be 1930s, in order to tell the story of the Burdens. The Burdens employed full-time live-in staff that were long time employees and looked upon like extended members of the Burdens’ family.
Unlike the Four Mounds Grey House, the White House is not a modern style, but a fine example of a 1920’s Colonial Revival style home. Although it is not a large home, the style and furnishings were formal and highly decorative, in contrast to the masculine and minimal Arts & Crafts style of the Grey House. Our charge in decorating the White House for use as an Inn is to recapture as much as possible the style, feel and atmosphere of the White House, while making it comfortable and able to withstand the use as an Inn.