Take a look at these five things you may not know about the white house. Some of them are quite expected, but others are unbelievable! Keep reading to discover all the details.
If you want to learn a little bit more about the white house than the average, you must read this article. Here you will find some of the best-kept secrets White House related!
The White House serves two primary purposes. First, it's the private residence of the President of the United States and the First Family. Second, it's the Chief Executive Office of the United States.
The White House is also a symbol that is recognized around the world. It stands for freedom, democracy, leadership and perseverance. The White House has undergone several major renovations since its inception in 1800, but the exterior has remarkably remained unchanged; a stunning neoclassic design.
In the first place, when the White House was being designed, the original architect Charles L'Enfant wanted an extremely ostentatious mansion. He envisioned the President's residence to be more of a palace---similar to the palaces of the French royals.
President George Washington, who was overseeing the construction of the President's new residence, detested L'Enfant's work. They did not see things eye-to-eye. Washington eventually fired L'Enfant. The work was completed with James Hoban's construction plans. The resulting residence was five times smaller than L'Enfant wanted the Presidential 'Palace' to be. It was still the largest home in the United States for that time.
Secondly, on December 24th, 1929, an electrical fire broke out in the White House's West Wing. It was a four-alarm fire. The fire caused major interior smoke and water damage. Unfortunately, the White House didn't even have insurance to cover the fire and water damage! They were able to get money from Congress and a majority of the interior rooms were completely taken down to the studs and rebuilt.
In the third place, when Winston Churchill stayed at the White House he spent the night in President Abraham Lincoln's old bedroom. Well, the following day Churchill left in a hurry. He had supposedly seen the ghost of the late President Lincoln stepping out of the bathtub in the Lincoln bedroom. Churchill did return to the White House again but he refused to stay the night in Lincoln's bedroom again.
What is more, in 1909, President Taft wanted air conditioning so he went and got himself air conditioning--sort of. He decided to install large fans in the attic that blew the outside air over giant vats of ice cubes. The cool air would then be piped through the heating ducts and cool off the entire house. Maybe it was okay in theory but it didn't work at all. It didn't even cool off the attic.
Finally, the White House kitchen is state-of-the-art. It is well-equipped to serve 140 guests at a time. There are five full-time chefs that cater to the First Family, White House staff, and guests. State dinners are elaborate affairs and to be behind-the-scenes at a state dinner is like watching a theatrical performance. Everything is planned to perfection. There is no detail left out.