Money can't buy good taste. Or a good fake for that matter. Earlier this week, our friends at Curbed pointed out this Haymarket, Virginia replica of the White House, logically dubbed "the White House in Virginia". The exterior of the structure approximates the shell of the Casablanca, but doesn't approach any of its restrained elegance (though it absorbs all of the landmark's admittedly architecturally boring moments). At some point, mimicry to the original gave way to the pressures of suburban living. The number of windows on the southern facade have been comically multiplied, while a two-car garage was punched into the house's side, and that's not to speak of any of the horrors that reside in the interior. As it stands, the structure looks like a Mattel-version of the White House, a cardboard copy that one would be right at home in any theme park.
At nearly 16,000 square feet and with six bedrooms, seven baths, and even a two-car garage, the sprawling mansion commands a view of 10 acres of land. Still, the owners never arrived at the funds to finish the project, which lay unfinished when the bank foreclosed on the property and listed it this past April at $1,111,000. The would-be presidential abode was expected to yield top-dollar, but no bids surfaced. After two months of pricing deductions, the house finally sold last Wednesday for $865,000. Even White Houses can't catch a break in this economy.