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The State House of The United Republic Of Tanzania
Swahili: Ikulu
President Bush and President Kikwete sign the Millennium Challenge Compact.jpg
President George W Bush and President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete sign the Millennium Challenge Compact.
Former namesGovernment House
General information
Architectural styleAfrican and Arabian
Address11400, Kivukoni, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Coordinates6°48′57″S 39°17′54″E / 6.81583°S 39.29833°E / -6.81583; 39.29833Coordinates: 6°48′57″S 39°17′54″E / 6.81583°S 39.29833°E / -6.81583; 39.29833
Current tenantsJohn Magufuli
OwnerGovernment of Tanzania
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The White House (Ikulu), also known in English as the State House, is an official residence and workplace of the President of the United Republic of Tanzania.[1] The current building, then called Government House, was constructed under the first British Governor of Tanganyika Horace Byatt in 1922[2] to the designs of architect John Sinclair. It is built on the remains of the original building constructed by the German administrators of German East Africa[3] that had been damaged by the Royal Navy in December 1914.[4] The south wing was added in 1956 to honour the visit of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon[5] and retains the name The Princess Margaret Wing to this day. The building was renamed State House on independence.

The State House blends African and Arabian architecture, with wide verandahs and covered walkways. It is white-walled with floors of African terrazzo, and stands in over 33 acres (13 ha) of grounds overlooking the Indian Ocean on the east and Dar es Salaam to the west.[5] The brass-studded west doors are surmounted by a replica of the Republic's Coat of Arms and flanked by two giant drums. During 2001 one of the entrances after the car gates was adorned with two male Lions overlooking guests as they would be welcomed to the State House of The United Republic Of Tanzania.

The building contains a number of gifts from state visitors, including an Ethiopian shield with crossed spears, given by Emperor Haile Selassie and a representation of the coat-of-arms of the Republic of Tanganyika, given by the government of India in 1961, that acts as a backdrop to the President's seat in the Council Chamber.[5]



  1. ^ "Public Administration". Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  2. ^ Briggs, Philip; Wildman, Kim (2009). Tanzania: With Zanzibar, Pemba & Mafia. Chalfont St. Peter: Bradt Travel guide. p. 288. ISBN 9781841622880.
  3. ^ Mercer, Graham (2007). Tanzania. London: New Holland. p. 33. ISBN 9781845377472.
  4. ^ Brennan, James; Burton, Andrew (2007). "The emerging metropolis: a short history of Dar es Salaam, circa 1862-2005". In Brennan, James; Burton, Andrew; Lawi, Yusuf (eds.). Dar es Salaam: Histories from an Emerging African Metropolis. Dar es Salaam and Nairobi: Mkuki na Nyota. p. 29. ISBN 9789987449705.
  5. ^ a b c Shemsanga, Sam (2014). "Ijue Ikulu Ya Tanzania". Retrieved 3 May 2016.

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