The White House

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The White Hose has been today the symbol of Presidency and United States government for more than two hundred years. Is history goes back to the times of the first American president George Washington. In December 1790 he signed Act of Congress (declaration about the possible site of the new President’s House on the Potomac River) and he, together with the city planner Pierre L’Enfant chose the site. From nine best proposals of the construction won the one of Irish- born architect James Hoban.

The construction began in October 1792 and was finished in 1800. Its first residence became President John Adams with his wife. It was known as “President’s Palace”, “President’s House” and the “Executive Mansion”. It was given its current name by Theodore Roosevelt in 1901. The White House has become the private home to all the American presidents and each of them made some changes. It has been opened to public, free of charge since the times of Thomas Jefferson, except during wartime. He also held receptions on New Year’s Eve and on the 4th July and this continued up to the 1930s.

There has been a lot of going on in the White House within its history. It survived two fires (in 1814 and in 1829, however this was just the fire of the West Wing). During the presidency of Harry S. Truman, the interior of the house (except the third floor) was completely gutted and renovated.

The the interestingness about the White House belong that there are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms on the 6 levels in the Residence. There are 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators. With five full-time chefs, the White House kitchen is able to serve dinner to 140 guests and appetizer to more than 1,000. For recreation, the White House has a variety of facilities such as a tennis court, jogging track, swimming pool, cinema, and bowling lane.
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