As of 2014, there are 132 rooms across six levels in the White House, along with eight staircases, six elevators, 35 bathrooms, 28 fireplaces, 412 doors and 147 windows. The White House has undergone several remodeling projects and additions throughout its history, which began in 1791 when President George Washington himself selected the site for the president of the United States' home. Though he selected the site, Washington never lived in the White House; John Adams and his wife Abigail Adams took residence in the first official version of the executive mansion in 1800, when the house was still unfinished.Continue Reading
There have been several versions of the official residence of the president of the United States throughout history. In fact, the residence was officially known as the Executive Mansion until 1901, when President Theodore Roosevelt had "White House" engraved on official stationery. The White House name had previously been mostly colloquial.
Renovations have increased the overall size and number of rooms in the White House, including substantial renovations undertaken during the administrations of President Arthur, Coolidge, Truman and Kennedy. While every new president has made some alterations to the decor of the Oval Office and personal residence spaces, the Kennedy renovations were the last major renovations to take place as of 2014.Learn more about US History