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February 2, 1924. "Home Sweet Home being moved to its permanent location, passing the south grounds of the White House. The building is to be used as a headquarters for the Girl Scouts of America." After eight months in Sherman Square the building, a "model American home" put up by the National Federation of Women's Clubs, was moved ("by hefty mules," said the Washington Post) to new digs at 18th Street and New York Avenue. The "snug little house" (weight 150 tons) was a replica of the Long Island residence of lyricist John Howard Payne, who 100 years earlier had written "Home Sweet Home." View full size.