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13 Cool Facts About The White House

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It’s presidential election time. That means a new president will soon be living in the White House. To celebrate, we’ve got a few facts about the Executive Residence that may surprise you.

The White House is estimated to to be worth $287 Million.

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It has 132-rooms in 55,000 square feet of construction.

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The White House receives approximately 6,000 visitors a day.

First Lady Michelle Obama, with Obama family pet Bo, greets visitors in the Blue Room during a White House tour, Nov. 5, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

At the end of each month, the president receives a bill for his and his family’s personal food and expenses including dry cleaning, toothpaste, and toiletries, which is then deducted from his salary.

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The White House features a tennis court, garden,  jogging track, swimming pool, movie theater, billiard room, bowling lanes and a basketball court.

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With five full-time chefs, the White House kitchen is able to serve dinner to as many as 140 guests and hors d’oeuvres to more than 1,000.

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The White House wasn’t called “the White House” until 1901. President Theodore Roosevelt gave the iconic building its name. That’s over 100 years after it was completed and its first residents, John and Abigail Adams, moved in. Prior to that, the president’s home was known as the “Executive Mansion,” the “President’s House” and the “President’s Palace.”

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It takes 570 gallons of paint to keep it that color.

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President Rutherford B. Hayes was the first president to use a phone in The White House. His phone number was simply 1. It was installed in 1879, and at first it was hardly used because there weren’t many other phones in Washington to call.

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In November of 1800, John Adams became the first president to live in the White House (then called the President’s House).

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Want to take a digital tour?

Click here to use Google Maps to take an interactive walk through The White House.

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5 Comments on 13 Cool Facts About The White House

  1. Cool! Oh and just so you know… your poll says “Corvetter” not Corvette.

  2. purple bird // March 15, 2013 at 6:43 pm // Reply

    I wish my phone number was 1! Peechtival.

  3. Awesome Spy!!! // March 16, 2013 at 7:36 am // Reply

    thats 1 easy phone number! 🙂 why would it need so many bathrooms?

  4. Ozaloip Pallouta // May 31, 2013 at 3:34 pm // Reply

    Did anyone even take the tour of the white house?

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