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White House Facts

General Knowledge | 6-13 yrs | Animation, Video

15 Interesting Facts About The White House

  1. The White House is the official residence of the President of the United States of America.
  2. This magnificent building was designed by an Irish-American architect, James Hoban, after he won the architectural design competition to find the President’s architect, in 1792.
  3. The first President of the United States, President George Washington, supervised the construction of the White House, but he did not get to live there!
  4. The second President of America, John Adams, elected in 1796, was the first resident of the White House.
  5. There are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, and 6 levels in the White House to accommodate all the residents, workers and guests who live in it.
  6. There are 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators in the White House.
  7. Two of the floors in the White House are exclusively reserved for the First Family.
  8. President Theodore Roosevelt officially gave the White House its current name in 1901.
  9. The White House receives around 6,000 visitors a day.
  10. There are five full time chefs in the White House.
  11. More than 570 gallons of paint is required just to paint the outside surface of the White House.
  12. The White House has a variety of facilities including a tennis court, a jogging track, a swimming pool, a movie theater, a billiard room and a bowling alley.
  13. The White House has two replicas— one in France and one in Ireland. The building in France is a tourist attraction while the building in Ireland is for the Irish Parliament.
  14. The White House is said to receive more than 50,000 letters per week, 2,500–3,500 calls per day and 100,000 emails per day.
  15. Anyone can take a free tour of the White House. However, the application to tour the White House must be submitted 6 months before the trip.