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Own police and rarity depots: 14 interesting facts about the White House

The White House can be called one of the most famous buildings in the world, its history dates back hundreds of years, important government decisions are made here, and not only. Author Yowayz / Multi Travels Blog on Yandex.Zen collected 14 interesting facts about this building.

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1. First President of the United States George Washington chose a place for the White House in 1791. But he turned out to be the only head of state who did not live in it, since the construction of the residence ended already under the next president.

2. White Building at home. started in 1792. A special commission selected a competition project presented by Irish architect James Hoban.

3. In the year 1800, after eight years of construction, President John Adams and his wife Abigail moved to an unfinished house. Finishing work continued for several more years.

4. During the war 1812 British set fire to the president’s house in 1814 James Hoban was appointed to rebuild the building, and President James Monroe moved there in 1817.

5. During the administration of Monroe in 1824 the south portico was built, and the north was built already during the time of President Andrew Jackson in 1829.

6. In 1902, the president Theodore Roosevelt began the overhaul of the White House, including the relocation of presidential offices from the second floor of the residence to the newly constructed temporary administrative building, now known as the West Wing.

7. Half a century later, the president Harry Truman began the reconstruction of the building, in which everything was removed, except the external walls. The reconstruction was carried out by the architect Lorenzo Winslow, and the Truman family returned to the White House in 1952.

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8. The White House is both the home of the President of the United States and his family, and Museum of American History... The White House is where history continues to unfold.

9. The residence has 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, she has 6 levels. There are also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 stairs and 3 elevators.

10. The building was called differently: the Presidential Palace, the Presidential Mansion and the Presidential House. In 1811, the first evidence was recorded that the public called it the White House. It was officially called the White House only in 1901. by order of Roosevelt. Since 1909, the president’s workplace has been located in the Oval Office in the western wing of the building.

11. New President gets full access to 3 White House warehouses. They store paintings, gold, crystal, carpets, furniture collections, rarities and other things that have been in the possession of presidential families since the reign of George Washington. The new president has the right to choose everything he likes to decorate the White House to his liking.

12. Many people know that the White House was first painted in such a color to hide the traces of the arson of the building by the British in 1814. In fact, he was whitewashed with a lime-based solution in 1798 to protect the walls from moisture and cracking in the winter. In 1818 it was coated with white lead paint. and began to be called the White House.

13. The White House has its own police squad, United States Secret Service Uniformed Division. It was created back in 1930 by President Hoover. Members of the Uniformed Division not only check visitors inside the house, but also patrol the neighboring streets. They have the right, without the slightest explanation, to pick up a person for several days in order to maintain state security.

14. For a couple of centuries of its history the building has become one of the most famous sights of the whole planet. It's easy to see why so many people are trying to get their own White House. Replicas of the democratic stronghold are in Texas, Virginia and Georgia. In Iraq, the White House belongs to the Kurdish billionaire, and in China there are more than a dozen similar buildings.

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