13 things you might not know about the White House

Thinking about taking a tour of the White House? Or simply fascinated by the famous 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue address? There is a lot you might not know about America’s most famous residence. For example, George Washington selected the White House location in 1791 but never lived there. Challenge your friends to some White House trivia with these little known facts.2-24-white-house

  1. The White house requires 570 gallons of paint to cover the outside.
  2. Originally referred to as the President’s Palace, the White House was designed by contest the winner, James Hoban, a native of Ireland.
  3. Construction began in October 1792 and was finished in 1800.
  4. It cost $232,372 to build the original White House, or an equivalent of $4,380,000 today, according to one historical currency converter.
  5. Most of the material for the structure was sandstone from Virginia.
  6. John Adams was the first president to live there.
  7. While James Madison served as president, British soldiers captured and burned the mansion during the War of 1812.
  8. After reconstruction in 1817, the building was painted white and it remained that color.
  9. President Theodore Roosevelt determined the nickname for the mansion become its official name, The White House.
  10. Until the Civil War, the White House was the biggest house in the U.S..
  11. The White House contains 132 rooms and 35 bathrooms over six levels
  12. There are 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, eight staircases, and three elevators.
  13. The white house can serve 140 guests for a sit-down dinner, and the kitchen can accommodate 1,000 guests for appetizers.
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