George Washington never lived there
Via Library of Congress
In 1791, our founding father and first U.S. president chose the site where the White House would be built and also approved its final design. On October 13, 1792, the cornerstone was laid and a group of Freemasons began construction. President Washington, whose term ended in 1797 and who died in 1799, never had the opportunity to live in the “presidential palace.” President John Adams and his wife Abigail moved into the unfinished house in 1800, becoming the nation’s first First Couple to live there. The building and grounds are sprawled across 18 acres. Here are some more fascinating facts about George Washington.
It’s bigger than you think
Via White House Flickr
Although it’s relatively modest in terms of today’s sprawling mansions, the White House was the country’s biggest house until after the American Civil War. It has 132 rooms and 35 bathrooms on six levels, as well as 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators. It is 168 feet long by 85 feet wide (without porticoes), 70 feet tall on the south side and 60 feet 4 inches tall on the north side. The building and grounds are sprawled across 18 acres. You would never guess that these presidential “quotes” that are actually completely false.