About the Grand Old Lady
Now one of the Foothills’ most outstanding and premier venues, White House has a unique history that has come full circle.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of the gold rush, John White, the local blacksmith, purchased the Maple Street property in 1887. Hand carrying bricks from the Auburn Courthouse located across the street, he constructed his family home, living there until 1919. White House continued to serve as a private residence until 1946 when the Placer County purchased the home. From there, her history is wide and storied, housing the first woman lawyer in the County, the first female African American lobbyist in the State, and serving as home for juveniles. It’s rumored that laughter of their spirits can still be heard throughout the halls at night.
In 1976, Louis Clay established the first restaurant beginning the building’s long history of fine foods. Pat and Pete Enoch opened Latitudes in 1992, serving cuisine from around the globe
After being abandoned, in 2018 White House came full circle. Jim and Nina Besselman, along with Harriet Salarno, purchased the building bringing its rich Foothill history back to life. The third floor houses the Law Firm of Nina Salarno Besselman and Crime Victims United, a lobbying firm for public safety.
White House Spirits Catering & Events has emerged after two years of renovations, preserving and bringing back to life the beams, brick walls and copper ceilings. Southern Hospitality has truly been brought to the Foothills.