Get ready to turn right on Madison Place NW. Are you paying attention? Turn right on Madison Place NW. Did you turn? Well after you do, just keep walking until you find a cream colored house on your left with a wrought iron railing and green rooftops. It’s not that far down the road. I’m gonna give you 10 seconds to get there. 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.\rHow was my count down??? Did you find it? There’s a bronze plaque on the side of the house. I’m going to assume you’ve found it, or that you will be there really soon. Let me tell you about the scandal that went on there. This house was known as President McKinley’s “Little White House.” It was built in 1828 by a man named Benjamin Ogle Tayloe, a businessman, diplomat and political activist in DC during the first half of the 19th century. Located directly across from the white house, this place became a salon for the politically powerful and socially affluent. Which brings us to the resident we’re talking about today, Garret Augustus Hobart, 24th Vice President of the United States, serving from 1897 until his death in 1899. Vice President Hobart rented the house while in office, to the tune of $8,000 per year – funny enough, the same cost as his salary (over $200,000 today!). So the cost of living in DC has pretty much always been ridiculously expensive. During the time of his residence here, the Vice President and his wife entertained various political figures, the most notable being then President of the US, William McKinley and his wife, Ida. Ida McKinley suffered from a number of health issues, so the first couple enjoyed low-key entertainment at the Hobart’s, avoiding the strain of formal White House functions. Perhaps the “Little White House” also served as a great place to escape from the President’s shady business dealings? About ten years earlier, while governor of Ohio, McKinley unknowingly had tied himself to an old friend who took big business risks, wracking up some $70,000 in debt (nearly $2 million today!) As co-signer on the loans, McKinley was on the hook for the entire amount, and nearly quit politics to return to practicing law in order to pay the debt. However, to keep her husband on track politically, Ida McKinley used her inheritance to pay back the loans. What a gal! No wonder she had health issues. Alright, let’s head back the way we came in, and when you get to H St NW, turn right so you are heading east toward our next destination. Once you’re on H St NW, it’s ok to follow the map’s navigation again. As soon as you turn Right on H St, check out the yellow building on your right. Let me know if they ever finished renovating it! I’ll tell you more about it when we get there!