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Year of Commencement: 1792
Year of Completion: 1800
Original Architect: James Hoban
Architecture style: Late Georgian
Building Exterior: Aquia Sandstone, painted white
Length: 168 feet
Width: 85 feet 6 inches without porticoes (152 feet wide with porticoes).
Height: 70 feet on the south and 60 feet 4 inches on the north
Acres Enclosed by its fences: 18
Interior Design: 132 rooms, 32 bathrooms, and 6 levels.
Floor Area (total of 6 floors): roughly 55,000 square feet.
Year Electricity Was Installed: 1891
First President to Occupy the Building: John Adams
Average Number of Visitors: 6,000 visitors a day or more than 2 million each year.
In 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt gave the White House its current name. Until then, the building had been referred to as the "President's Palace," the "President's House," and the "Executive Mansion."
The building's kitchen has 5 full-time chefs and serves dinner for up to 140 guests and hors d'oeuvres for more than 1,000.
The grounds and its building include a tennis court, a movie theater, several pool tables, and even a bowling alley.
The very first Inaugural open house in the White House was held by President Thomas Jefferson, in 1805.
In 1814, the building was set fire and scorched by the British during the War of 1812.For more information on White House Facts, see the Official Website.