White House Facts & Trivia


White House

The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States, located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. Enjoy some well known and not so well known facts & trivia.

  • George Washington is the only president never to have slept in the White House.
  • Construction began in 1792, and the home first was occupied by John Adams and his wife, Abigail, in 1800.
  • The nation’s Executive Mansion officially became known as the White House during the administration of Theodore Roosevelt, who directed that all government correspondence use the title.
  • Benjamin Harrison brought the first Christmas tree inside in 1889.
  • Seventeen White House weddings have been documented. The first, in 1812, was for the sister of first lady Dolley Madison. The most recent, in 1994, was for the brother of first lady Hillary Clinton. Grover Cleveland became the only president married in the White House when he wed Frances Folsom in the Blue Room in 1886.
  • The property features a tennis court, a bowling alley, a movie theater, a beauty salon, a physician’s office, a florist’s shop, a swimming pool and a golf putting green. Dwight Eisenhower had the first putting green installed. Richard Nixon and his wife, Pat, were avid bowlers. A jogging track was added around the driveway of the South grounds during Bill Clinton’s first term.
  • The White House was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960.
  • It takes 570 gallons of white paint to cover the exterior.
  • To see what the north façade of the White House looks like, look on the back of a $20 bill.
  • Today, the home’s square footage is about 55,000. It features six levels, eight staircases, three elevators, 28 fireplaces and 132 rooms, including 35 bathrooms.

Source: The White House Historical Association