White House Facts
Presidential helicopter landing on the South Lawn.
Here are White House facts about the building and the presidents who lived there:
- There are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, and 6 levels in the Residence. There are also 412doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators. With 55,000 square feet of space, it is one of the largest houses in the United States
- Presidential Firsts while in office... President James Polk (1845-49) was first President to have his photograph taken... President Theodore Roosevelt (1901-09) was not only the first President to ride in an automobile, but also to travel outside the country when he visited Panama... President Franklin Roosevelt (1933-45) was first President to ride in an airplane.
- With five full-time chefs, the White House kitchen is able to serve dinner to as many as 140 guests and hors d'oeuvres to more than 1,000.
- White House requires 570 gallons of paint to cover its outside surface.