Number One Observatory Circle

The Home of the Vice President of the United States

NUMBER One Observatory Circle — with an official address of 1 Observatory Circle NW, Washington, DC 20008 — is likely the most prestigious, yet unknown address on the property of the US Naval Observatory. It’s the residence of the vice president of the United States, but unlike the White House, which is universally known and referred to by its name, what to actually call the vice president’s home has been a question with many answers. Learn more…

“Charles Denyer has taken on the task of shedding a bright light on a subject of which few Americans are even aware, the Vice President’s house in Northwest Washington. The history of the house itself, the comings and goings of heads of state, artists and events of diplomacy are surrounded by the warmth and character of the families it has housed. It has been my pleasure to have been part of this important project.”

Bob BurgessWhite House Photographer for Vice President Walter Mondale

“Charles has done an extraordinary job of capturing four decades of history on one of America’s most treasured homes. A must-read book for those wanting to learn more about the official home of the Vice President of the United States.”

Steven PurcellWhite House Photographer for Vice President Dan Quayle

“Charles has done a great job researching and interviewing many people including former Vice Presidents and Vice Presidential staff to provide us with a comprehensive look at the home of the Vice President of the United States. I personally have many memories and have taken countless photos in the Vice President’s home and am honored to have been a part of this historic book project.”

David ValdezWhite House Photographer for President George H.W. Bush
Number One Observatory Circle - The Home of the Vice President of the United States

Author Charles Denyer

Charles Denyer is a federal cybersecurity and national security expert, and a noted vice-presidential historian. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, along with a Master of Information Systems from The Johns Hopkins University, and a Master of Nuclear Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, three children, and their happy crew of dogs.

Professionally, Charles specializes in a wide-variety of security and compliance initiative, such as FISMA, DFARS, 10 CFR Part 810 National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) compliance, FIPS, FERC, NERC, U.S. National Security Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), CMSR | SSP, GLBA, FFIEC, NIST SP 800, HIPAA, ISO 27000 series, payments industry, and more.

He is also actively involved in numerous professional associations and organizations for a wide range of industries and business sectors, such as the American Nuclear Society (ANS), ISACA, and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), just to name a few. Expertise includes information security, cyber security, national security and homeland defense, and conducts independent research projects on specific subject matter for various entities. Learn more..

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Step inside the Official Residence of the Vice President of the United States with Charles Denyer

HANDSOME HOUSE: Photo of Number One Observatory Circle, the official residence of the Vice President of the United States of America. Number One Observatory Circle, the official home and residence of the Vice President of the United States, built in 1893 at a cost of $20,000. Credit: George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Photographer: Cynthia Johnson. Text credit: Charles Denyer.

America’s Vice Presidents have called Number One Observatory Circle their official home since 1974 when Congress authorized the removal of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) from the grand Queen Anne style home on the grounds of the US Naval Observatory. Nelson Rockefeller was technically the first vice president afforded the opportunity to live in […]

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