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Split Level first began their career in the mid-1980s, playing local Christian gatherings and festivals in Northern Ireland. A song of theirs appeared on a 1985 Word Records compilation called The Buzz on the Streets. Their debut recording appeared in 1986 on Big Feet Records, followed by the 1987 release Sons of Liberty on What/Word. They began playing events in England soon after; by the end of the decade the group decided to move to England permanently. In 1991 they released View of a World, their first record to be pressed on CD, on German label Pila Records. Working with renowned producer Andy Piercy, the full-length Boomerang followed in 1992 to critical acclaim in the Christian music press. The European Christian Booksellers’ Journal named Boomerang Album of the Year in 1993. Their 1994 EP Call Me White Call Me Black was first recorded with the intent of selling during their Artists Against Racism tour in Germany, but was later tapped for general release. In 1995, the European Christian Booksellers’ Journal gave Split Level its award for Best Christian Rock Band. Their next full-length, glo. bal, was released in both the UK and the U. S. in 1997 on the American label Organic Records. Their 2000 live release was recorded in Ennepetal, Germany at the Christmas Rock Night festival 1998.


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The residence was designed by Irish-born architect James Hoban in the neoclassical style. Hoban modelled the building on Leinster House in Dublin, a building which today houses the Oireachtas, the Irish legislature. Construction took place between 1792 and 1800 using Aquia Creek sandstone painted white. When Thomas Jefferson moved into the house in 1801, he (with architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe) added low colonnades on each wing that concealed stables and storage. In 1814, during the War of 1812, the mansion was set ablaze by the British Army in the Burning of Washington, destroying the interior and charring much of the exterior. Reconstruction began almost immediately, and President James Monroe moved into the partially reconstructed Executive Residence in October 1817. Exterior construction continued with the addition of the semi-circular South portico in 1824 and the North portico in 1829.


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