Facts On the White House
White House Facts run from interesting to historic and sometimes downright funny. Did you know that the White House has alternately been known as the "Executive Mansion," the "President's House," and as the "President's Palace." It was not until 1901 when President Theodore Roosevelt first referred to the White House as the "White House" that its current name came into use. Here are the some of the most interesting White House fun facts and history like you've never heard them before. To learn more about the White House, visit www.whitehouse.gov.
White House Visitor Tours.
One of the basic facts of the White House is that tours require advanced planning. Though free of charge, your request to visit the White House must be submitted through your member of Congress. Applications may be submitted up to 6 months in advance. Before touring the White House, a stop at the official Visitor Center on the corner of 15th and E Streets is recommended, so that you can get the best experience on your tour. To learn more about White House Tours, visit www.whitehouse.gov/about/tours-and-events. [Top]
Hotel near the White House.
See the splendors of the White House, then return to the pleasing comforts of the Best Western Fairfax, Virginia. Our charming family friendly hotel in Washington DC is home to a wide array of amenities, from in-room refrigerators and microwaves when you need a quick snack to free Internet throughout the hotel. Stay with us, and enjoy all the perks of a full-size outdoor swimming pool, state-of-the art fitness center and attentive service from our 24-hour front desk. Check out the Washington DC Tours Package now. [Top]
White House Fun Facts and History.
The White House is filled with fun facts and history. The building of the White House commenced in 1792 with President George Washington personally overseeing its architectural design and construction. Interestingly, Washington never actually lived in the White House, which was not completed until 1800. After being set on fire during the war of 1812 and extensive additions and restoration, notably First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's work on the interior and furnishings, today, the White House stands with 132 rooms. There are six levels to the White House starting with the Ground Floor, State Floor, Second Floor, and Third Floor, as well as a two-story basement. To learn more fun facts and history about the White House, visit www.whitehouse.gov/about/history. [Top]
Historical Facts about the White House
- First President to live in the White House - John Adams and First Lady, Abigail Adams
- First President to have his picture taken - President James Polk
- The first President who rode in an automobile - President Theodore Roosevelt
- The first President who rode in an airplane - President Franklin Roosevelt [Top]