Thanks to Wikipedia's "On this day" feature, I’ve just seen this painting of the White House after it was burned by the British forces in 1812:

The White House

The background appears to be farmland, but certainly shows that the area was not yet a heavily built-up city at the time of the burning. This in turn makes the current address of 1600 Pensilvania Avenue seem strange, specifically because of the high number.

When and why did the building get the number 1600?

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    From using historic directories over the years, I know that the modern numbering of buildings in Washington DC dates from 1869, so it is presumably no earlier than that. – sempaiscuba Aug 24 '20 at 21:16
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    You mean "1600 Black Lives Matter Plaza"? I believe it got that address on June 5, 2020 – T.E.D. Aug 24 '20 at 22:35
  • @T.E.D. Wasn't that a portion of 16th St NW that was renamed, not of Pennsylvania Ave NW? As great of an address that'd be for the White House, I don't think it's true. – derobert Aug 29 '20 at 0:57
  • @derobert - Google it if you don't believe me. – T.E.D. Aug 29 '20 at 1:55
  • @T.E.D. well, when I Google it, I get things like snopes.com/fact-check/black-lives-matter-plaza telling me its false. – derobert Aug 29 '20 at 2:14

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