“This is really what the White House is all about. It’s the “People’s House.” It’s a place that is steeped in history, but it’s also a place where everyone should feel welcome. And that’s why my husband and I have made it our mission to open up the house to as many people as we can.” – Michelle Obama
In honor of President’s Day, I just thought it’d be fun to take a look at America’s most famous property, the White House. After all, this is where the leaders of our country reside. Well, almost all of them. Did you know that George Washington never got a chance to live in the White House? I didn’t either. But no, he never got the chance. He chose the location, hired architect James Hoban to construct the home but unfortunately, it took 8 years to build so his presidential term was over. The first president to move in was John Adams and the missus in 1800. But when they moved in, it STILL was unfinished. I know, right? This abode is anything but humble!
While every president thereafter has lived there throughout their presidential terms, it hasn’t been the same house. In fact, President Adams was the ONLY president to live in the house the way it was designed. During the War of 1812, the British actually burned the house down. Hoban was hired once again to construct the House once again and President Monroe moved into the new building in 1817.
The White House didn’t stay that way very long. Monroe started construction on the South Portico during his administration and many presidents have made changes to the place while they were in office. Lots of additions and upkeep done throughout the years to make the White House what it is today. As it stands now, there are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms and 6 levels. There are 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases and 3 elevators. It takes 570 gallons of paint to repaint the exterior. Imagine showing THAT property to perspective buyers!
Not only has the White House physically changed throughout America’s history, the name has also changed. This presidential home has also been known as “President’s Palace, “President’s House” and “Executive Mansion” before President Theodore Roosevelt declared it to be known as the White House in 1901.
To get a better picture of just how long the White House has been around, here are a few presidential firsts that have taken place during its lifetime: President James Polk (1845-49) was the first President to have his photograph taken… President Theodore Roosevelt (1901-09) was not only the first President to ride in an automobile, but also the first President to travel outside the country when he visited Panama… President Franklin Roosevelt (1933-45) was the first President to ride in an airplane. Incredible.
Well, I hope you have the day off to celebrate our great leaders. Not only is this a great day for shopping but also a time to reflect on just how amazing our country is because we are led by some pretty amazing men. In fact, it’s the perfect time for some delicious cherry pie. I cannot tell a lie.
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