The White House is the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States. It is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., and has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800. The term White House is often used as a metonym for the president and his advisers, as in “The White House announced that…”. The residence was designed by Irish-born architect James Hoban in the neoclassical style. Construction took place between 1792 and 1800 using Aquia Creek sandstone painted white. When Thomas Jefferson moved into the house in 1801, he (with architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe) added low colonnades on each wing that concealed stables and storage. In 1814, during the War of 1812, the mansion was set ablaze by the British Army in the Burning of Washington, destroying the interior and charring much of the exterior. Reconstruction began almost immediately, and President James Monroe moved into the partially reconstructed Executive Residence in October 1817. Exterior construction continued with the addition of the semi-circular South portico in 1824 and the North portico in 1829.
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The White House was originally constructed primarily out of what material?Correct
The White House is approximately 55,000 square feet. It is 6 stories tall and located on 18 acres of land. The White House has 132 rooms including 16 bedrooms, 35 bathrooms, 3 kitchens, 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, and 3 elevators. It takes more than 400 gallons of white paint to cover the exterior of the White House. Most of the original wood beams have since been replaced by steel.Incorrect
Who was the first United States president to live in the White House?Correct
President George Washington commissioned the building of the White House during his term as president. However, construction was not completed until three years into the term of America’s second president, John Adams. President Adams and his family moved from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the White House in 1800.Incorrect
Who was the first president to be married in the White House?Correct
President Cleveland married Frances Folsom during a ceremony held in the White House on June 2, 1886. First Lady Frances Cleveland gave birth to a daughter, Esther, in 1893 in her White House bedroom. Esther was the only baby to be born in the White House.Incorrect
What is The White House street address?Correct
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500; give them a call at(202)456-1414; send a fax to(202)456-2461.Incorrect
True or False? The vice president lives in the White House.Correct
Since 1974, the official residence of the Vice President of the United States has been the Admiral’s House located on the grounds of Washington’s Naval Observatory in Washington, DC. Before that, the Vice President was just expected to find his own suitable housing somewhere near the White House.Incorrect
The President of the United States does not pay rent to live in the White House. Which of these does the President of the United States have to pay for?Correct
The White House has five full-time chefs and countless other staff members who are available to supply the presidential family with everything they need 24 hours a day. However, the President of the United States does receive a monthly bill for meals and other household goods which are used in the private living quarters. Security and transportation are taxpayer supported.Incorrect
What public event does the White House hold at Eastertime?Correct
Reports of White House egg-rolling celebrations date back to President Abraham Lincoln’s administration (1861 to 1865). Some members of Congress didn’t like the idea of children trampling on the White House lawn, so in 1876 they passed the Turf Protection Law. This law prohibited the grounds of the White House from being used as a playground and put an end to the Easter egg roll. Public outrage led to the reinstatement of the event by President Rutherford Hayes in 1878. The Easter egg roll, which takes place on the Monday following Easter, has been a popular White House tradition ever since.Incorrect
The National Christmas Tree Association has provided the Official White House Christmas Tree every year since 1966. Who was President of the United States in 1966 when this tradition began?Correct
President Lyndon Johnson served as President John Kennedy’s Vice President. He became the 36th President of the United States in 1963 after President Kennedy was assassinated and he served until 1969. President Johnson’s wife, Lady Bird Johnson, began the tradition of displaying the Official White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room of the White House.Incorrect
On August 24, 1814, during the War of 1812, British troops set the White House on fire. What did the British troops do immediately beforehand?Correct
The troops arrived just before a dinner for 40 people was to be served. The dining room was beautifully set for the elaborate dinner waiting in the kitchen. The rationed and weary soldiers simply couldn’t resist! So, they took a little break to enjoy the meal before they went out and torched the White House. First Lady Dolley Madison, who was hosting the dinner, managed to escape only moments before the troops stormed in. As she fled, Dolley Madison grabbed a full-length portrait of George Washington painted by Gilbert Stuart, thereby saving one of America’s greatest treasures. The famous painting is titled “Lansdowne Portrait” and it is on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. It is one of only three known items to have survived the fire of 1814.Incorrect
On December 21, 1970, Elvis Presley showed up at the White House with a hand-written letter requesting a meeting with President Richard Nixon. Elvis was ushered into the Oval Office and he presented President Nixon with a gift. What was it?Correct
White House security has improved considerably since this incident.Incorrect