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.Know More
John Adams and his family were the first presidential family to live in the White House. In 1814, the British set the house on fire; it was rebuilt. In 1817, James Monroe moved in. Harry S. Truman began the restoration of the White House and moved back into the White House in 1952.
Under some presidents, the White House went through construction that did not require the First Family to move out. Theodore Roosevelt had the president's offices moved to the West Wing and William Howard Taft had the Oval Office built.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 >
As of 2014, there are 132 rooms across six levels in the White House, along with eight staircases, six elevators, 35 bathrooms, 28 fireplaces, 412 doors and 147 windows. The White House has undergone several remodeling projects and additions throughout its history, which began in 1791 when President George Washington himself selected the site for the president of the United States' home. Though he selected the site, Washington never lived in the White House; John Adams and his wife Abigail Adams took residence in the first official version of the executive mansion in 1800, when the house was still unfinished.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 >