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White House


The White House is the official residence of the president of the United States and the oldest public building in Washington, D.C. Much of the White House was destroyed in the War of 1812. Later, when the building was being restored, the smoke-stained gray stone walls were painted white. Six levels with 132 rooms and 35 bathrooms accommodate all the people who live, work, and visit the White House. Approximately 6,000 people visit the White House each day.

Fun Fact: Other names for the White House have been the "Presidential Palace," "Executive Mansion," and the "President's House."

Photo source: Carol M. Highsmith

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