Fun Facts About The White House

White House
Happy Presidents' Day from Live South Florida Realty, Inc.!

The White House is a symbol of American power and history, but it’s also a fascinating place with hidden quirks and surprising stories. Did you know it once had a bowling alley or that bees are buzzing around making honey on the South Lawn? In honor of President’s Day, we thought we’d share some fun facts about this iconic building below.

White House quirks and surprises

  • 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, and… a bowling alley? Yep, you read that right. The White House boasts a whopping number of spaces, including a hidden bowling alley built by President Nixon in 1969. Sadly, it was removed during renovations in the 1990’s.
  • George Washington never lived there. Although he oversaw construction, the first resident was actually John Adams in 1800.
  • Twice burned, twice rebuilt. The White House wasn’t always the pristine white building we know today. During the War of 1812, British forces set it ablaze, and it was later heavily reconstructed under President James Monroe.
  • 412 doors: With 412 doors, it might be challenging to make sure all the exterior doors are locked for the evening.
  • Home to over 140 art pieces. From portraits of presidents to sculptures and historical artifacts, the White House is a mini-museum waiting to be appreciated.
  • Presidential pets: From Theodore Roosevelt’s badger to Lyndon B. Johnson’s beagles, the White House has seen its fair share of furry (and sometimes feathery) friends.
  • A honey of a rooftop. First Lady Michelle Obama famously started a beehive on the roof, highlighting the importance of sustainability.
  • State dinners for the ages. With a kitchen capable of feeding 140 guests and catering to over 1,000 for hors d’oeuvres, the chefs have their hands full!
  • It’s not just white! The exterior was originally painted a light buff color, but over time, weathering and multiple paint coats gave it the iconic white hue.
  • Hauntings and ghost stories? The White House has its fair share of spooky legends, with whispers of unseen residents and unexplained occurrences.
  • Tunnel Vision: There’s a secret underground passage connecting the White House to the Treasury Building, perfect for discreet presidential escapes (or spooky ghost stories!).


As a bonus fact, the White House receives an estimated 6,000 visitors daily, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. So, there you have it! From hidden bowling alleys to presidential pets, the White House is full of surprises. Next time you see it on the news or in a movie, remember the fascinating stories and lesser-known facts that make this building more than just a seat of power – it’s a living testament to American history and culture.

Happy President’s Day from all of us at Live South Florida Realty, Inc. As always, if you are ever looking to buy or sell real estate in the South Florida area, contact our team! Also, be sure to download the free Florida Home Search app for your smartphone or tablet.

By natasha moore

REALTOR® with Live South Florida Realty, Inc.