Recently, there's been quite a bit of chatter about just how much the White House is worth (you know, just in case you're holding up for a "for sale" sign to pop up in front, though we imagine that's pretty unlikely). Still, the figures are fascinating: reports that the estimates range from $90 million all the way to $250 million.
This got us thinking — while many people know plenty about celebrity homes and other famous houses in America, what else is unknown about the White House? To be honest: probably the following quirky facts. Read on to discover the tidbits about the People's House you never knew.
George Washington preferred the because it was a far cry from Europe's royal palaces.
There are also , 28 fireplaces, eight staircases and three elevators. Who knew?
But the First Family has to pay their own .
The exact shade is called "Whisper White," and it's made by Duron. Painting the White House sandstone $283,000 in 1994.
President Obama redesigned the tennis court so it could also be used for basketball, George H.W. Bush and Richard Nixon added a bowling alley.
Jackie O. famously brought in Sister Parrish to refurbish the president's living quarters, too. Ever since then, subsequent presidents – including President Obama, who hired Michael S. Smith – have tasked an interior designer with working alongside he and the First Lady to curate and preserve the White House.
She decorated the third floor space – which used to be – with music memorabilia.
used it to exercise his polio-stricken legs. JFK swam in it twice a day – once at noon, and again in the evenings.
Electricity was first installed in the White House during his presidency in 1891 – and, given the crude nature of electrical technology back then, it was a valid fear. He reportedly had White House staff .
, First Families have held a trick-or-treating event to benefit a charitable organization. First Lady Mamie Eisenhower was the first to decorate the White House for Halloween in 1958.