25 Interesting White House Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

The official residence and workplace of the President of the United States and a symbol of one of the most powerful nations in the world, the White House is undoubtedly one of the most famous and recognizable buildings in the world. Therefore, many things are well-known about this iconic piece of architecture. However, there are also some surprising and weird White House facts that most people are probably not aware of. From secret amenities hidden in the basement to ghosts that reportedly haunt the building, check out these 25 Interesting White House Facts You Probably Didn’t Know.


While first U.S. President, George Washington, selected the site for the White House, he actually never lived in it. Washington died in 1799, one year before the building was completed. The first residents of the White House were second U.S. President John Adams and his wife Abigail.

George WashingtonSource: whitehousehistory.org

The White House took 8 years to complete, and it cost $232,372 which would be (adjusted for inflation) about $4 million today.

White House under constructionSource: simplemost.com


Before President Theodore Roosevelt made the White House name official in 1901, the building had been known by several other names including the President's Palace, the President's House, and the Executive Mansion.

Theodore RooseveltSource: curbed.com

An avid boxer and judo fighter, President Theodore Roosevelt is also famous for lining the White House basement with training mats and sparring there with anyone who was willing, including boxing champion John Sullivan and a Swiss minister.

John SullivanSource: kickassfacts.com


The White House did not have running water until 1833 when it was installed under the Presidency of Andrew Jackson.

running waterSource: makaan.com

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