20 Things You Didn't Know About The White House

Remnants

Remnants

Of course, we should start by saying that the British tried to burn it down in 1814, and so only a fraction of the original house remains.

That's A Lot Of Paint!

That's A Lot Of Paint!

If you wanted to give the White House a total paint of the exterior, you'd need about 560 gallons of white paint to get the job done.

To The Movies

To The Movies

In what used to be the cloak room, a movie theater was built in 1942.

Get Running

Get Running

President Clinton's health troubles were well-documented. He had a running track installed in the White House in an effort to increase his health.

Choice of Bathing Options

Choice of Bathing Options

Within the walls of the White House, there are a total of thirty-five bathrooms.

Morning Putt

Morning Putt

Each and every morning, Dwight D. Eisenhower, had a putting green placed outside his office.

Saving the White House

Saving the White House

President Truman was the one who called in the renovators, resulting in a $54 million bill that saved the place from condemnation. He said he almost saw the tub crash through the ceiling, and that was the catalyst.

George Misses Out

George Misses Out

Although playing a significant role in designing the White House, George Washington never actually got to live in it, as it wasn't completed during his time serving as the leader of the nation.

Moving In...

Moving In...

John Adams, the second Presdient of the United States of America was the first resident of the White House.

6 and 3

6 and 3

There are three elevators within the White House which service six floors.

A Grand Design

A Grand Design

According to the original plans drawn up by George Washington and the city planner in DC, the White House was supposed to be a lot more elaborate than it was actually built.

The Other Big House

The Other Big House

Prior to the 1860s, the White House was the biggest home in the whole of the United States.

Great White Jail

Great White Jail

President Truman didn't appear to enjoy his time spent living there, referring to it as the "Great White Jail" and the "Glamorous Prison". Aww, sounds like somebody got a bit lonely up there in the big old house!

Billiards, Anyone?

Billiards, Anyone?

The billiards room was added during the 1870s by Ulysses S Grant.

Indoor Pool For Practial Purposes

Indoor Pool For Practial Purposes

Back in 1933, FDR installed a swimming pool as therapy to help him with his polio-stricken legs.

Running Water

Running Water

Running water was installed in the White House in 1833 when Andrew Jackson was in office.

Ramps and Elevators

Ramps and Elevators

When Franklin Roosevelt took office, the whole place had to be decked out to suit a handicapped President - a consideration which hadn't been made previously.

Executive Mansion

Executive Mansion

Before Theodore Roosevelt, the White House wasn't known as such. It was called the Executive Mansion. We think "White House" sounds much more approachable...

Who Doesn't Love To Bowl?

Who Doesn't Love To Bowl?

There's said to be a big old strip mall within the walls of the White House, home to all sorts of things, including a bowling alley that was added by Nixon.

Can't Escape The Dentist

Can't Escape The Dentist

The White House has it's very own dental surgery!