The White House is probably one of the most iconic and recognizable pieces of architecture in the world. It’s a symbol of the world’s most powerful nation and it’s also home to the most powerful man on Earth. Needless to say, the White House has had its share of weird historical moments with equally weird additions and facts that most people may not be aware of such as hidden swimming pools and royal sleepovers. So if you’re ready to learn some interesting facts about the White House, we present to you these 25 Curious Things About The White House You Probably Never Thought About.
There is a dentist's office under the White House
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Actually, there is an entire strip mall underneath the White House with a flower shop and even a bowling alley (added by Nixon)
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Before Theodore Roosevelt it wasn't called the White House. It was called the Executive Mansion
The water wasn't piped to the first family's second floor bathroom until 20 years later in 1853
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FDR installed an indoor pool in 1933 to help him with his polio stricken legs. Although successive presidents like Truman and JFK used it, Nixon ended up laying a floor on top of it and using it as a press briefing room. And that is still what it is today.
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Ulysses S Grant added a billiard room in the 1870s
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President Truman called it the Great White Jail and the Glamorous Prison. Apparently being the top dog can get pretty lonely
When President Truman almost witnessed the tub crash through the ceiling he decided the White House needed renovation (being over 100 years old). It cost nearly $54 million but saved the White House from being condemned (it was actually declared structurally unsound before that)