NS 11.22 author Charles Denyer

This photo collage shows images from Buckhead resident Charles Denyer's new book, ‘Number One Observatory Circle: Home of the Vice President.’

Most Americans know the address of the White House, where the president and his or her family resides, is 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

That has been the president’s home since John Adams occupied it starting in 1800.

However, what isn’t so well known is the home of the vice president, which has only been the permanent residence for vice presidents and their families since 1975.

Buckhead resident Charles Denyer, who works as a security specialist, has written a new book, “Number One Observatory Circle: Home of the Vice President of the United States.”

The 288-page book was published by New York-based CambridgeKlein Publishers in July and is available on Amazon.com for $49.99. It is about the vice presidents and their families who have occupied that home, which takes up 12 acres on the site of the 72-acre U.S. Naval Observatory.

Prior to 1975, the vice presidents and their families lived in separate homes, but ultimately they were given the opportunity to live in the same home like the president does while in office at the White House.

“The nation’s vice presidents and their families took full advantage of that opportunity,” Denyer said. “During the course of writing the book, which took me about a year after I spent five years researching it, I was fortunate to meet a number of families who had lived there, including former Vice Presidents Walter F. Mondale, Dick Cheney and Al Gore and others.”

Denyer discovered each family who occupied the home decorated it to reflect that family’s lifestyle and interests.

“Walter and Joan Mondale, for instance, turned the home into a unique art gallery while Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, turned it into a true home for their children,” he said. “During the Mondales’ tenure, you could see fine art pieces on the property, while under Gore and his wife, you could see children’s toys throughout the home.”

The idea for the book was as unique as its title. Denyer thought of it on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, the day when terrorists took over four airliners with two hitting the World Trade Center, another hitting the Pentagon while the other airliner crashing into a field before reaching its target.

“I was walking home from the Pentagon and past a guard posted outside a home on the Naval Observatory property and I asked him who lived there that they needed a guard outside,” Denyer said. “He told me the vice president lived there and I ask him the vice president of what and he said the vice president of the United States.”

Denyer said it is his ambition to write another book, this time involving presidents and the presidential retreat at Camp David. That retreat was established by President Franklin Roosevelt.

Denyer will have a book signing Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Carter Center library in Atlanta.

For more information on the book or to purchase a copy, visit www.amazon.com.


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