In the wealthy Whitland neighborhood here, political signs dot the manicured lawns, but neighbors typically maintain a polite distance, keeping their affairs private behind towering magnolia trees, hedgerows and stone walls.
What has neighbors talking is the fact that the family home of Senator Frist, who is often talked about as a potential 2008 Republican presidential candidate, has taken on a resemblance to the dwelling at another high-profile address: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington.
The similarity is so striking that George S. Buchanan, 63, a Republican-leaning neighbor whose home is separated from Mr. Frist’s 4.3-acre property by a street, said, “I live right next door to the White House.”
Still, even a cursory comparison of the Frist house and the presidential residence shows that the likeness is far from exact. The Frist home has a peaked red roof, for example, unlike the flat-roofed White House. While the wings on each side of the White House have a flat facade, those on the Frist house are broken up by several tiers and planes. There is a semicircular window above the front entrance of the Nashville home that the one in Washington lacks. And the home on Bowling Avenue, it goes without saying, is still smaller than the one on Pennsylvania Avenue.
But there is enough of a similarity that the transformation has become grist for chuckles among locals and out-of-towners alike. Nashvillians are known to drive visitors slowly past the house and point out the resemblance.
Dana E. Moore, 45, a Democrat who has lived near the Frist house for eight years, said she did not pay much attention to it before the renovations started. Now, Ms. Moore said, there is bipartisan agreement that its appearance is presidential.
“The country music tour buses could drive up Bowling, and all look off to the side and see that house, and not even being Democrats or Republicans from Tennessee, they would all say, ‘Wow, somebody’s trying to build a White House,’ ” Ms. Moore said.
Just found it all interesting.
I really don't care one way or the other, what do you think?
I think the New York Times focused on this today when there is an election going on.
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