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The White House

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500



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.”” —- Michelle Obama

The home to the President of the United States, the site was selected by George Washington in 1791. The cornerstone was laid in 1792, and a completed design submitted by Irish born architect James Hoban was chosen. After eight years of construction, President John Adams and his wife, Abigail, moved into the unfinished house in 1800. During the War of 1812, the British set fire to the President’s House. James Hoban was appointed to rebuild the house, and President James Monroe moved into the building in 1817. During Monroe’s administration, the South Portico was constructed in 1824, and Andrew Jackson oversaw the addition of the North Portico in 1829.

The White House has 132 rooms, 36 bathrooms, and six levels in the residence. There are 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, eight staircases and three elevators.