Do You Know ? | 2018-04-05 |

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Do You Know ?

    5 April, 2018 12:00 AM printer

•    At the beginning it wasn't regularly called the White House until Teddy Roosevelt officially named it that in 1901. It means before 1901, it was known by several different names, including the President's Palace, the President's House, and the Executive Mansion.
•    It's the only private residence of a head of state that the public can visit for free.
•    The White House was designed by Irish-born architect James Hoban, who won a competition in 1792. He based his model on a villa in Dublin called the Leinster House.
•    The West Wing didn't exist until 1902, when Teddy Roosevelt had it built to replace an extensive network of decorative greenhouses.
•    After Franklin D. Roosevelt moved in 1933, it became one of the first wheelchair-friendly government buildings in Washington, DC.
•    The White House got electricity during Benjamin Harrison's presidency in 1891, but his family was so scared of touching the switches that they left the lights on all night.
•    Franklin D. Roosevelt installed a heated indoor swimming pool to help with his polio therapy, but Richard Nixon turned it into the current press briefing room in 1970. Gerald Ford brought swimming back to the White House in 1975.
•    The basement of the White House is like a mini mall, with a flower shop, a dentist's office, and more.