White House is the most famous palace in the whole world. Every president of the USA lives in this house of 132 rooms. This 6 storey house was completed in 8 years. Today as on 20 January 2017, Mr. Doland Trump has sworn in as the 45th president of America and he will live in this house for next 4 years. So White House has became a point of curiosity for kids and others.
Let’s have a quick look on the interesting facts about white house.
1. Its construction started on October 13, 1792 and got completed on November 1, 1800.
2. The White House was designed by Irish-born architect James Hoban, who won a competition in 1792.
3. On November 1, 1800, John Adams became the first president to take residence in the building.
4. It has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800.
5. In 1814, during the War of 1812, the White House was set ablaze by British troops.
6. This building was originally referred as the "President's Palace", "Presidential Mansion", or "President's House". The earliest evidence of the public calling it the "White House" was recorded in 1811.
7. Theodore Roosevelt gave it the present name by having "White House–Washington" printed on the stationery in 1901.
8. US Congress declared it a museum in September 1961. This prevented the selling of old furniture and other objects.
9. The White House comprises: six stories and 55,000 ft⊃2; of floor space, 132 rooms and 35 bathrooms, 147 windows, 412 doors, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, 3 elevators, a movie theater (officially called the White House Family Theatre), a swimming pool, a tennis court (single-lane), and a jogging track.
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10. It has 5 full-time chefs and its kitchen is able to serve dinner to as many as 140 guests.
11. It receives up to 30,000 visitors each week and 20 emails every day out of which only selected emails further forwarded to president.
12. The White House and grounds cover just over 18 acres of land (about 7.3 hectares)
13. Large portion of the White House is made by the slaves who worked for 7 days per week.
14. The outside structure of the White House needs 570 gallons of paint.
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