There are 12 columns along the North Portico, which was added to the White House in 1829; four are lined up along the front, four are flush with the structure and two support each side. The rounded South Portico of the White House, built in 1824, has six columns.
The North Portico faces the North Lawn, which is generally considered to be the front lawn of the White House. A semicircular driveway goes through the North Portico; it passes between the columns and connects to Pennsylvania Avenue. Most visiting heads of state enter through the North Portico, including guests at state dinners, but some officials visiting the White House enter through the South Portico instead, according to Encyclopedia Britannica.Learn More
The White House was first made white because a lime-based whitewash was used in 1798 when its walls were completed. The whitewash helped to protect the porous stone of the White House from freezing.Full Answer >
The original color of the White House was white. According to the White House Historical Association, when the walls were finished in 1798, they were whitewashed to keep the stone from freezing in winter.Full Answer >
Although George Washington selected the site of the White House in 1791, he never lived there. As of 2014, he is the only president who did not reside in the White House.Full Answer >
The cornerstone of the White House was laid on Oct. 13, 1792. The first president of the United States to occupy the White House was John Adams, who moved into the uncompleted structure in 1800.Full Answer >