"White house.. Night View" White House Tip by bct341

White House, Washington D.C.: 139 reviews and 226 photos

  The White house
by bct341

The President's Home :)

The White House has a unique and fascinating history. It survived a fire at the hands of the British in 1814 (during the war of 1812) and another fire in the West Wing in 1929, while Herbert Hoover was President. Throughout much of Harry S. Truman?s presidency, the interior of the house, with the exception of the third floor, was completely gutted and renovated while the Trumans lived at Blair House, right across Pennsylvania Avenue. Nonetheless, the exterior stone walls are those first put in place when the White House was constructed two centuries ago.

Tours of the Whitehouse have been restricted due to the current situation in the world... but, they are opening it up for tours for some groups etc.. unfortunately, the openess of the Whitehouse to individuals will always be determined by what ever the current threats are in the world.

Interesting facts:

* There are 132 rooms, 32 bathrooms, and 6 levels to accommodate all the people who live in, work in, and visit the White House. There are also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 7 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.

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

Address: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Directions: Metro Station - McPherson Square
Phone: 202-208-1631
Website: http://www.whitehouse.gov

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  • Updated Sep 11, 2003
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