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White House

The White House is the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States and has been the residence of every U.S. president since 1800. The term "White House" is often used as a metonym for the president and his advisers. The White House was designed by Irish-born architect James Hoban in the neoclassical style, modeled after Leinster House in Dublin. Construction took place between 1792 and 1800, and the building has been through several renovations and expansions throughout its history.

The White House complex consists of the Executive Residence, the West Wing, the East Wing, the Eisenhower Executive Office Building and Blair House, a guest residence. The Executive Residence is made up of six stories, which include the Ground Floor, State Floor, Second Floor and Third Floor, as well as a two-story basement. The interior is composed of 132 rooms, with 35 bathrooms, and includes items – artwork, furniture, and memorabilia – which are both historical and of personal significance to the presidents.

The White House is listed as a National Heritage Site owned by the National Park Service and part of the President's Park. In 2007, it was ranked second on the American Institute of Architects list of "America's Favorite Architecture", and is open to visitors for free tours, typically offered from Tuesday-Saturday. Thus, the White House is a major travelers destination, popular amongst tourists and history appreciators alike.

White House, official residence and workplace of the President of the United States

Location: Washington, D.C.

Inception: October 13, 1792

Architect: James Hoban

Official opening: November 1, 1800

Floors above the ground: 4

Height: 21.33 m

Length: 51.2 m

Width: 46.3 m

Address: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500

Phone: 12024561414

Website: whitehouse.gov


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