The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States. It’s located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. and it has been the official place of residence for every US President since John Adams in 1800.
Irish architect James Hoban is thought to have based his plans for the White House on the Leinster House in Dublin, originally the home of the Duke of Leinster, and these days the seat of the Irish Parliament.
The West Wing
Originally known simply as the Executive Office Building, the West Wing was built by Teddy Roosevelt to keep the residential and official business areas distinctly separate and it wasn’t attached to the main house until President Taft cleared it so that he could be more involved with the day-to-day operations.
Most people know about the bowling alley in the basement, which was added by Nixon, but there are also the Situation Room, a flower shop, a carpenter’s shop, and a dentist’s office.
The White House was built with the help of many European artists and immigrant workers including Scottish masons and Irish and Italian brick and plaster workers and many enslaved African Americans.
Each week the White House receives up to 30,000 visitors and 65,000 letters, 3,500 phone calls, 100,000 emails, and 1,000 faxes.
The Bosnian Problem
Reportedly, the Secret Service code for the President and the first lady having some time for themselves in the residence is to say they’re “discussing the Bosnian problem.”
Before Theodore Roosevelt, the White House was known simply as the Executive Mansion.
Winston Churchill refused to ever again stay in the Lincoln Bedroom after Lincoln’s ghost appeared to him beside the fireplace as he was emerging from a bath, fully nude.