You may think you know everything there is to know about The White House, but we’ve got a few facts that may surprise you. Take a look:
- The White House is estimated to to be worth $287 Million.
- It has 132-rooms in 55,000 square feet of construction.
- It has 16 bedrooms and 35 bathrooms
- Despite having multiple chefs in The White House, U.S. Presidents have to pay for all of their own food.
- 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”.
- It takes 570 gallons of paint to keep it that color.
- 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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