The White House

The White House is a symbol of the Presidency, the United States government and the Americans.

The White House began when President Washington signed the Act of Congress in December of 1790. Construction of the house began in October of 1792. President John Adams and his wife Abigal were the first to live in the house in 1800.

The house survived an attack by the British army in 1814 during The 1812 War. It also survived a fire in the west wing in 1929 while Herbert Hoover was President. The thick sandstone walls lasted but there were smoke and scorch marks. Reconstruction began in 1815 and was finished in 1817.

There are 132 rooms, 32 bathrooms, 6 levels, 142 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 7 staircases and 3 elevatorsRequires 570 gallons of paint to cover the outside.There is a tennis court, a jogging track, swamping pool, movie theater, billiard room and a bowling lane.Two basements, two public floors, two floors for the First Family.

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