11 Facts About The White House


White House is the official residence and workplace of the president of the United States.

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The White House emigrated to the US after the revolution, first seeking work in Philadelphia and later finding success in South Carolina, where he designed the state capitol in Columbia.

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The White House's review is recorded as being brief, and he quickly selected Hoban's submission.

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Neoclassical design of the White House is based primarily on ideas inherited from the Roman architect Vitruvius and the Venetian architect Andrea Palladio.

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In 1814, during the War of 1812, the White House was set ablaze by British troops during the Burning of Washington, in retaliation for attacking and burning Toronto, Port Dover and other towns in Upper Canada; much of Washington was affected by these fires as well.

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The White House proposed abandoning the use of the White House as a residence, and he designed a new estate for the first family at Meridian Hill in Washington, D C Congress rejected the plan.

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In 1891, First Lady Caroline Harrison proposed major extensions to the White House, including a National Wing on the east for a historical art gallery, and a wing on the west for official functions.

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The White House's enlisted the help of Henry Francis du Pont of the Winterthur Museum to assist in collecting artifacts for the mansion, many of which had once been housed there.

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White House became one of the first wheelchair-accessible government buildings in Washington when modifications were made during the presidency of Franklin D Roosevelt, who used a wheelchair because of his paralytic illness.

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In 2013, President Barack Obama had a set of solar panels installed on the roof of the White House, making it the first time solar power would be used for the president's living quarters.

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White House Complex is protected by the United States Secret Service and the United States Park Police.

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