15 Facts About White House


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

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The term "White House" is often used as a metonym for the president and his advisers.

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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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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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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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When Chester A Arthur took office in 1881, he ordered renovations to the White House to take place as soon as the recently widowed Lucretia Garfield moved out.

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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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In 1925, Congress enacted legislation allowing the White House to accept gifts of furniture and art for the first time.

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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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The changes were not publicized as a White House spokeswoman said the changes were an internal matter.

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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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