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Why Kamala Harris is delaying moving into the vice presidential residence

The vice president and her husband are holding off on moving into the residence at the Naval Observatory, which was built in 1893.
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Inauguration Day is over, but moving day is still on hold for Vice President Kamala Harris.

Harris is delaying her move into the home on the grounds of the Naval Observatory, the traditional residence of the vice president, due to repairs being done on the 19th century house.

Kamala Harris is waiting to move into the 128-year-old vice presidential residence while it undergoes some repairs.
Kamala Harris is waiting to move into the 128-year-old vice presidential residence while it undergoes some repairs. Getty Images

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Repairs on Number One Observatory Circle in northwest Washington, D.C., which was built in 1893, include work on the chimney and other household maintenance, a Harris aide told NBC News. The aide confirmed the moving delay after it was first reported by CBS.

Former Vice President Mike Pence and his family moved out of the house ahead of the inauguration on Wednesday as part of the transition to the new administration.

An aide to Harris confirmed to NBC News that Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, will temporarily move into the Blair House, though they do have a condo in Washington. The Blair House is the president's guest house located across the street on Pennsylvania Avenue. It has served as the home away from home for visiting chiefs of state, heads of government and their delegations since 1942.

Harris also has a home in California, where she served as a senator before becoming vice president.

The first vice president to live in the residence on the grounds of the Naval Observatory was Walter Mondale, who served under President Jimmy Carter from 1977-81. The home was originally intended for the superintendent of the U.S. Naval Observatory but became the home of the chief of naval operations in 1923, according to the White House.

Congress refurbished the house in 1974 as a home for the vice president. Three years later, Mondale became its first resident. Since then, the families of George H.W. Bush, Dan Quayle, Al Gore, Dick Cheney, Joe Biden and Pence have lived there during their terms as vice president.

Harris made history on Wednesday when she became the first woman and the first Black and South Asian person to be sworn in as vice president.

Emhoff also became the first "second gentleman" as Harris' spouse, and he started off his tenure by coming to the rescue when he found a pearl earring she dropped along the inaugural parade route.

EDITOR'S NOTE (Jan. 21, 2021, 8:15 p.m. ET): This story has been updated to include new details about Harris and Emhoff staying at the Blair House and a brief history of the home.