Interesting facts about the white house?

what are some interesting facts that you think not a lot of people would know about the white house?

3 Answers

  • Cister
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    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.

    At various times in history, the White House has been known as the "President's Palace," the "President's House," and the "Executive Mansion." President Theodore Roosevelt officially gave the White House its current name in 1901.

    Presidential Firsts while in office... President James Polk (1845-49) was the first President to have his photograph taken... President Theodore Roosevelt (1901-09) was not only the first President to ride in an automobile, but also the first President to travel outside the country when he visited Panama... President Franklin Roosevelt (1933-45) was the first President to ride in an airplane.

    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.

    The White House requires 570 gallons of paint to cover its outside surface.

    For recreation, the White House has a variety of facilities available to its residents, including a tennis court, jogging track, swimming pool, movie theater, and bowling lane.

    Shortly after directing Energy Secretary Abraham to go after "vampire" electrical devices, President Bush issued energy-savings orders for the White House staff.

    Motion sensors will be connected to light switches in all conference rooms. The sensors will automatically turn off the lights when everyone has left the room.

    All employees have been ordered to turn out the lights in their offices when leaving for extended lengths of time and when leaving for the day.

    Thermostats on window-unit air conditioners are to be turned up when leaving the room.

    Accent lighting is not to be used when regular overhead lighting is adequate.

    Computers not to be used for more than two days are to be turned off.

    Building temperatures will be regulated based upon the temperature and humidity relationship. Warmer temperatures will be maintained at lower humidity, with cooler temperature settings used as humidity increases. Temperatures will be maintained between 74 to 78 degrees F.

    Halogen lamps of 100 watts or more will be removed.

    Exterior lighting for all buildings will not be turned on until dusk.

    Portable heaters are not to be used unless minimum conditions cannot be met.

    Lights in public areas will be turned off at the conclusion of events, tours, or other activities.

    Thermostats for hot water heaters will be set at approximately 105 degrees F.

    When any room is not in use, the lights will be turned off, window shades pulled down and doors closed.

  • Judy
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    The President's House had been given a coat of whitewash as early as 1798 in order to protect its locally-quarried sandstone against the deterioriation caused by winter freezes, and from then on white paint was used for the exterior. Moreover, although the building wouldn't officially be designated the 'White House' until the issuance of an executive order by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1901, references to the building as the 'White House' antedate the War of 1812. Barnhart and Metcalf cite a letter written in 1811 which made mention of a politician whose function was 'to act as a sort of political conductor to attract the lightning that may issue from the clouds round the Capitol and the White House at Washington,' and White House curators cite similar contemporary evidence: There is a Washington myth that people didn't start calling the house the White House until it was painted white to conceal the scorch marks left when the British burned it to its walls in 1814. Not so, says the office of White House curator Betty Monkman. She and her staff have uncovered many references to 'the White House' well before the British marched in. On March 18, 1812, for example, a Massachusetts congressman wrote his wife: 'There is much trouble at the White House, as we call it, I mean the President's.'

  • 1 decade ago

    Eagles "hold up" the White House Steinway piano. The legs of the piano are carved eagles.

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