Interesting Facts About The White House
The White House is not just iconic because it is home to the leader of the world's most powerful nation but also because of its architecture. The structure that symbolises power and was recently occupied by Donald J Trump, the 45th elected president of the United States (POTUS). Located in Washington DC, there are some lesser known facts about this architectural beauty. MakaaniQ lists some:
History of The White House
White House was first constructed in 1790s. But, in 1814, it burnt down by the British soldiers taking almost three years to rebuild it. The structure which was the largest home in the US until 1860, was known as Executive Mansion or President's Palace. It was only in 1901 it got its present-day name.
Later, in 1945, when President Truman moved in to the property is when it was found that the building was structurally unsound and a decision was taken to renovate the century-old structure. The renovation was completed in 1952.
Architecture of The White House
The architecture of The White House was designed by Irishman James Hoban that takes influence from the Leinster House in Dublin.
Design of The White House
The iconic structure is not iconic from the outside but inside, too. It has a State Dining Room that can host as many as 140 people in one go. The White House has six floors with three elevators and 35 bathrooms.
Also read: Trump, Melania Revamp White House Interiors
Facilities in The White House
The White House is filled with facilities that ensure comfortable living for the occupants and their guests. In a first, In 1870, Ulysses S Grant added a billiard room to the property. In 1942, a cloak room was transformedin to a White House Family Theatre. During the term of former president Bill Clinton, a jogging track was installed for promoting a healthy lifestyle. It also has a dentist's office.
Did you know
- The White House is the only private residence of a head of state open to public. One can visit it for free of charge.
- It requires 560 gallons of paint for covering the exteriors of The White House.
- The White House didn't have running water until 1833 when it was installed by Andrew Jackson.
- There is a complete mall underneath The White House. It has a flower shop and a bowling alley.