Interesting facts about White House
December 2, 2009 | In: Random interesting fact
The home of the United States’ president, the White House, was built following an architectural contest won by James Hoban, an Irish architect and builder living in South Carolina.
The architect of the White House was chosen in a design competition, which received nine proposals, including one submitted anonymously by Thomas Jefferson.
There are 132 rooms, 32 bathrooms, and 6 levels to accommodate all the people who live in, work in, and visit the White House. There are also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 7 staircases, and 3 elevators.
The building was originally referred to variously as the “President’s Palace”, “Presidential Mansion”, or “President’s House”. President Teddy Roosevelt gave the White House its current and official name in 1901.
The only president never to live in the White House was George Washington. But by the time of the second president, John Adams, the structure was far enough along for him to move in.
White House was built between 1792 and 1800 of white-painted Aquia sandstone in the late Georgian style and has been the residence of every U.S. President since John Adams.
In 1814, during the War of 1812, the British burned down the White House. It was rebuilt, and with other structural improvements and rebuilding between 1948 and 1952, remains the official residence of Presidents.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt had an indoor swimming pool built at the White House as therapy for his polio.
The White House is the only private residence of a head of state that is open to the public, free of charge.
In the White House, there are 13,092 knives, forks and spoons.
The White House requires 570 gallons of paint to cover its outside surface.