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White House Facts
Tourched by the British
America burned down Parliament buildings in Ontario,Canada
British burned down the white house in retaliation
President James Monroe moved back in to the partially reconstructed White House in October 1817
West Wing Fire
On Christmas Eve 1929 after the US fell into a economic depression, a electrical fire broke out in the West Wing.
Took 4 months to repair.
Once America's Largest House
When Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant drafted the original plans for Washington D.C., he called for a elaborate and enormous presidential place.
His plans were discarded by James Hoban and Benjamin Henry Latrobe. They designed a much smaller home.
It was the biggest at the time til the Biltmore in 1895.
A Twin In Ireland
The White House Cornerstone was laid in 1792.
The Mansion design was built using drawings by Irish-born James Hoban who had studied in Dublin.
People believed he based it off the Leinster House in Ireland. Witch now houses Irish Parliament.
A Twin in France
The White House had been remodeled many times.
The President Thomas Jefferson worked with British-born Benjamin Henry Latrobe on several additons
The Elliptical South portico appears to mirror the Chateau de Rastignac in southwest France.
Slaves help built the White House.
The land that became Washington D.C. was originally owned by Virginia and Maryland, who practiced slavery.
Historic Payroll documents report that most of the people working on the White House were African Americans
Could not have been completed without European artists and immigrant laborers.
Scottish stone workers raised the sandstone walls
Irish and Italian immigrants did the brick and plaster work.
Washington Never Lived There
President Washington selected James Hoban's plan. Washington felt it was too small and simple for a president.
Washington never lived in the white house
In the 1800's John Adams moved into the white house.
FDR made it wheelchair accessible
The original builder's didn't expect a disabled president.
Franklin took office in 1933. He had paralysis due to polio.
Added a heated indoor swimming pool for therapy.
Truman saved it from collapse.
After 150 years, wooden support beams and exterior load bearing walls of the White House were weak.
Truman had the interior rooms gutted so that new metal support beams could be installed.
Truman stayed at Blair House during the Reconstruction.
Dolly Madison called it "President's Castle".
Also called: "President's Palace", "President's House", and "Executive Mansion". White house was adopted by Theodore Roosevelt in 1901.
Creating a edible White House has become a Christmas Tradition for the official pastry chef and a team of bakers at the white house.
In 2002 the theme was "All creatures great and small", and 80 pounds of gingerbread, 50 pounds of Chocolate, and 20 pounds of marzipan the White House was called the best Christmas confection ever.
It wasn't always white.
The White House is made of Gray colored sandstone
The Sandstone walls weren't painted til after the White House's reconstruction after the British fires.
It takes 570 gallons of white paint to cover the entire White House.