25 Interesting White House Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

The official residence and workplace of the President of the United States and a symbol of one of the most powerful nations in the world, the White House is undoubtedly one of the most famous and recognizable buildings in the world. Therefore, many things are well-known about this iconic piece of architecture. However, there are also some surprising and weird White House facts that most people are probably not aware of. From secret amenities hidden in the basement to ghosts that reportedly haunt the building, check out these 25 Interesting White House Facts You Probably Didn’t Know.


Measuring 168 ft (51.2 m) long and 86 ft (26.2 m) wide (without porticoes), the White House was the largest house in the U.S. for more than 60 years.

White HouseSource: whitehousehistory.org

An indoor pool was added to the White House by disabled President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933. An outdoor one was built in 1975 during the Presidency of Gerald Ford.

swimming poolSource: express.co.uk

Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd U.S. President, was the first President to use electricity in the White House. However, he and his wife would never touch the light switches for fear of being electrocuted.

Benjamin HarrisonSource: republicanpresidents.net

The White House is the world's only private residence of a head of state that the public can visit for free. The tours need to be booked in advance, though.

White House tourSource: buzzfeed.com

Originally, the White House was planned to be constructed by workers from Europe, but the response to recruitment was so dim that eventually African Americans (both enslaved and free) were hired for the construction.

black workersSource: smithsonianmag.com

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