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How crumbling 24 Sussex compares to homes of other world leaders, heads of state

A whirlwind tour of 24 Sussex Drive and the homes of other world leaders and heads of state.

A whirlwind tour of the homes of world leaders and heads of state

Prime Minister Stephen Harper addresses media outside 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa in 2007. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

A one-time resident of 24 Sussex Drive says the prime minister's official residence is in such a state of disrepair that it should be torn down and replaced with a new structure that will make Canadians proud. In the meantime, prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau and his family will relocate to Rideau Cottage. The 22-room historic home is part of the grounds of Rideau Hall, which is the official residence of the Governor General. Rideau Hall has been the official home of every Governor General of Canada since 1867.

Rideau Hall, Canada

Rideau Hall is the home of Canada's Governor General. (National Capital Commission)

Here's a look at how 24 Sussex and Rideau Hall compare to other residences of world leaders and heads of state:

The White House, United States

Washington's White House has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800.

A view of the south side of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Most presidents add a little of their own style to the official residence. In the 1990s, Bill and Hillary Clinton refurbished some rooms with the assistance of Arkansas decorator Kaki Hockersmith, including the Oval Office, the East Room, Blue Room and, here, the State Dining Room.

The State Dining Room on the State Floor of the White House. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Bellevue Palace, Germany

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, the head of government, actually lives in an apartment. But Bellevue Palace has been the official residence of the president of Germany since 1994. It was originally built as a summer residence for Prince Augustus Ferdinand of Prussia in 1786.

Bellevue Palace, located in Berlin’s Tiergarten Park, is the official residence of the president of Germany. (Claudio Divizia/Shutterstock)

The Kremlin, Russia

The Kremlin in Moscow has had a long and storied life. President Vladimir Putin's primary residence is part of the Kremlin.

An evening view of Moscow’s Kremlin. (Dmitriy Yakovlev/Shutterstock)

Elysée Palace, France

The Elysée Palace has been the official residence of the president of the French Republic since 1848.

An exterior view of the Elysée Palace in Paris. (Charles Platiau/Reuters)

Hôtel de Matignon, France

The Hotel de Matignon, completed in 1725, is the official residence of the prime minister of France.

The Hotel de Matignon, official residence of the French prime minister. (Government of France)

Palacio da Alvorada, Brazil

The Palacio da Alvorada, or Palace of Dawn, is the official residence of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. The modernist building, completed in 1958, was designed by Oscar Niemeyer. A 2004 renovation by then first lady Marisa Letícia took two years to complete at a cost of $18.4 million.

Brazil's Palacio da Alvorada. (Eraldo Peres/Associated Press)

White Palace, Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's new presidential palace on the outskirts of Ankara has been denounced by ecologists as an environmental blight and by the opposition as evidence of his autocratic tendencies.  

The White Palace is located on the outskirts of Turkey’s capital city, Ankara. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)

The residence was built at a reported cost of $350 million. The home has 1,000 rooms and architecture that is supposed to marry modernism and the traditions of the medieval Seljuk dynasty.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan poses inside the newly opened 1,000-room White Palace in Ankara, the nation's capital, in 2014. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)

Palazzo Chigi, Italy

Work on this palace first began in 1562 and is now the official residence of Italy's prime minister.

Rome's Palazzo Chigi is the official residence of Italy's prime minister. (Gregario Borgia/Associated Press)

Quirinal Palace, Italy

The 16th-century Quirinal Palace is just one of the three current official residences of the president of the Italian Republic. It was the home of popes until 1870.

The Courtyard of Honour in the Quirinal Palace in Rome. (Maurizio Brambatti/EPA)
The Sala delle Dame in the Quirinal Palace in Rome. (Maurizio Brambatti/EPA)

10 Downing Street, Britain

The modest entrance to 10 Downing Street belies its size. Number 10 is more than 300 years old. Originally three buildings, it contains approximately 100 rooms. It has been the residence of the prime minister since 1905.

A police officer looks at Larry the Downing Street cat outside 10 Downing Street, London. (Tim Ireland/Associated Press)

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