Did You Know Series – Facts About The White House
If you’re interested in Presidents, The White House, History or Politics, this might be of interest to you. Here are 10 interesting things you might not have known about the White House and the presidents. Interesting and Educational Fun Facts.
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Our first president, George Washington, selected the site for the White House in 1791. The cornerstone was laid in 1792. After eight years of construction, President John Adams and his wife, Abigail, moved into the unfinished house in 1800. There are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, and 6 levels in the Residence. There are also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators.
1. The White House was not called so until 1901 when Teddy Roosevelt officially named it that. Before 1901 it had been called either the Executive Mansion, the President’s House or, the President’s Palace.
2. The White House was designed by Irish-born architect James Hoban, who won a competition in 1792. He based the white house on a villa, in Dublin Ireland called the Leinster House, which still exists and houses the Irish Parliament.
3. The White House was built by slaves.
4. George Washington’s portrait hangs on the wall of the White House, yet he never lived there.The cornerstone was laid in 1792, he died in 1799. A year before anyone moved in.
5. The Oval Office wasn’t put in until 1913, per the instructions of Howard Taft.
6. The White House became wheelchair friendly in 1933 after Franklin D. Roosevelt moved in.
7. In 1891 the White House got electricity during Benjamin Harrison’s Presidency.
8. Franklin Roosevelt had a heated indoor pool put in to help with his polio therapy. President Nixon removed it to put in the press briefing room in 1970, but President Ford had it put back in, in 1975.
9. A lot of animals have lived in the White House. From Alligators to snakes, Bears, Lions, and Bobcats. A real zoo, the White House. No?!
10. The basement of the White House has a carpenters’ shop, engineers’ shop, Dentist’s Office, a Flower Shop and more.