White House

The White House has been home to every U.S. president since John Adams.  It was originally constructed in 1792-1800, but was burned by the British in the War of 1812.   The reconstruction closely resembled the original plan.

Some interesting facts regarding the White House: 

  • Food was prepared in fireplaces until the first cookstove was introduced in the 1850s.
  • Telephones were wired into the White House during the Rutherford B. Hayes administration of 1877-1881.
  • Electricity made it's appearance in the Benjamin Harrison administration of 1889-1893.
  • The West Wing offices were created because the family of Theodore Roosevelt took up so much space.
  • The Oval Office was created during a remodel in 1909 during the administration of William Howard Taft.
  • The White House was retrofitted with steel framing during the the Harry S. Truman administration in the early 50s when it was found to be unsound.

Public tours of the White House are available for groups of 10 or more people. Requests must be submitted through one's Member of Congress and are accepted up to six months in advance. These self-guided tours are available from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (excluding federal holidays), and are scheduled on a first come, first served basis approximately one month in advance of the requested date. We encourage you to submit your request as early as possible since a limited number of tours are available. All White House tours are free of charge. For the most current tour information, please call the 24-hour line at 202-456-7041. Please note that White House tours may be subject to last minute cancellation.  Check the website for most recent information.

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  • White House
  • 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
  • Washington, DC 20500
  • (202) 456-2200
  • Directions
  • Web site

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