40 Surprising White House Facts

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From having 5 full time chefs to rumors that there’s a ghost from President Abraham Lincoln spotted around, the White House is an impressive work of architectural art worth learning about. Learn more facts about The White House on this list.

1. The White House is the official residence of the President of the United States of America.

2. The White House was built between 1792 and 1800 to house the President of the United States.

3. An Irish architect James Hoban designed the White House.

An Irish architect James Hoban designed the White House.
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4. The White House is located in Washington, D.C.

5. There is a dental clinic under the White House.

6. Based on the size, 140 people could have dinner at the White House’s dining table at the same time.

Based on the size 140 people could have dinner at the White House’s dining table at the same time.
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7. It’s the only private residence of a head of state that the public can visit for free.

8. It takes over 560 gallons of paint to cover the exterior of the White House.

9. John Adams was the first president to inhabit the mansion in 1800.

John Adams was the first president to inhabit the mansion in 1800.
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10. There are 35 bathrooms and a total of 132 rooms on six levels.

11. The total cost to build the White House was $4,380,000.

12. The design of the White House was influenced by the Leinster House, which is located in Dublin.

The design of the White House was influenced by the Leinster House, which is located in Dublin.
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13. During the War in 1814, British soldiers set the White House on fire.

14. The first cornerstone of the White House was laid on October 13th, 1792.

15. George Washington finalized the winning design for the White House.

George Washington chose the winning design for the White House.
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16. The White House had another fire on Christmas Eve in 1929, when Herbert Hoover was the president.

 17. At the end of each month, the President get billed for his and his family’s personal expenses including dry cleaning, toothpaste, and toiletries, which is then taken away from his salary.

18. The White House has 412 doors and 147 windows.

The White House has 412 doors and 147 windows.
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19. Approximately 6,000 people visit the White House each day.

20. The White House has also been known as the Executive Mansion, President’s Palace and President’s House.

21. Two floors of the White House are reserved for the first family.

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22. The White House complex also has a billiards room, jogging track, movie theater, a tennis court and bowling lane.

23. President Theodore Roosevelt officially gave the White House its current name in 1901.

24. There are five full-time chefs.

There are five full-time chefs in the White House.
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25.  The White House has two replicas— one in Ireland and one in France. The building in France is a tourist attraction while the building in Ireland designated for the Irish Parliament.

26. The White House receives more than 50,000 letters per week, 3500 calls a day and 100,000 emails a day.

27. Anyone can have a free visit to the White House. However, the application to visit the White House must be submitted 6 months before the trip.

Anyone can have a free visit to the White House. However, the application to visit the White House must be submitted 6 months before the trip.
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28. That’s not the only White House lookalike, there is also a private home that’s an exact replica in McLean, Virginia.

29. John Quincy Adams established the White House’s first flower garden.

30. The White House and grounds cover just over 18 acres.

The White House and grounds cover just over 18 acres.
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31. The modern-day White House complex includes the East Wing, the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Executive Residence and West Wing-the former State Department, which now houses offices for the President’s staff and the Vice President.

32. The building is 168 feet long. It is 85 feet 6 inches wide without porticoes and 46.3 meters (152 feet) wide with porticoes.

33. The overall height of the White House is 70 feet on the south and 60 feet 4 inches on the north; the facade is 18.3 meters on the south above sea level and 15.3 meters on the north.

The overall height of the White House is 70 feet on the south and 60 feet 4 inches on the north; the facade is 18.3 meters on the south above sea level and 15.3 meters on the north.
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34. The West Wing houses the President’s office and offices of his senior staff, with room for about 50 employees.

35. The first movie screened inside the White House was Birth of a Nation, by Woodrow Wilson in 1915.

36. President Carter had the first computer and laser printer installed in the White House in 1978.

President Carter had the first computer and laser printer installed in the White House in 1978.
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37. It was ranked second on the American Institute of Architects list of “America’s Favorite Architecture” in 2007.

38. There is a rumor that President Abraham Lincoln’s ghost, also known as ‘the White House Ghost’, has haunted the building since his death.

39. Electricity was installed in the White House in 1891.

Electricity was installed in the White House in 1891.
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40. There is a situation room in the basement where the President meets with advisors during a crisis.

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