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When the U.S. first had presidents, they lived in New York City rather than Washington D.C.. The first presidential mansion was the Samuel Osgood House at One Cherry Street, where George Washington moved in April 1789. What passed for presidential luxury in those days: "The whole of the first and second story is papered, and the floor covered with the richest of carpets." The public was free to wander in on Thursday afternoons. [Ephemeral New York]