The White House by the Numbers: An Inside Look at Donald Trump’s Home in Washington
It’s nearly 230 years old and home to much history and many secrets. In fact, there’s a lot about the White House that will probably surprise you. Did you know John Adams kept an alligator in a bathroom there, and the basement is like a mini mall with a flower shop, dentist’s office, and more?
Here we’ll share fascinating facts about the president’s house and the first family’s life there. See what Donald Trump, Melania Trump, and Barron Trump do at the White House (pages 5-7) and the spooky ghost encounters presidents and guests have reported (page 8).
1. How many rooms does the White House have?
- Answer: 132 rooms and 32 bathrooms
In addition to its dozens of rooms and bathrooms, the six-level structure contains:
- 412 doors
- 147 windows
- 28 fireplaces
- 7 staircases
- 3 elevators
- A bowling alley, billiard room, and movie theater for entertainment
- A tennis court, jogging track, and swimming pool for fitness
In a memoir, the late first lady Barbara Bush recalled when extended family came to stay during inauguration week in 1989. At one mealtime, her granddaughters Barbara and Jenna Bush were missing. She found out they were at the bowling alley and had ordered sandwiches to be sent there. “The bowling alley! We put an end to that before it started, and they ate with us,” she said.
Next: How many kitchens does it have?
2. The kitchen can feed a small army
- Number of dinner guests it can accommodate: 140
With five full-time chefs, the White House kitchen is able to host 140 for dinner and 1,000 for hors d’oeuvres. Cristeta Comerford has been Executive White House Chef since 2005. She supervises five full-time chefs and 20-25 part-time chefs and helpers. She plans and prepares all menus and meals for the first family.
The White House actually has multiple kitchens:
- The Main Kitchen is located on the ground floor.
- The Family Kitchen is on the second floor.
- The Pastry Kitchen is on the mezzanine of the sub-basement.
Next: How to tour the White House
3. Anyone can tour the White House
- Number of visitors per day: Around 6,000
Visitors can tour the country’s most famous house by requesting it in advance through a Congressperson. The tours are self-guided and take place Tuesday through Saturday.
In March 2017, Trump surprised a group of tourists visiting the White House on one of the first public tours since he took office. He emerged from behind a screen, called over one young boy, and put his arm around him. “Work hard, everybody, work hard,” he said.
Next: How much time Trump spends there
4. How much time does Donald Trump spend at the White House?
- Answer: Two-thirds of his time
By Christmas 2017, Trump had spent about two-thirds of his time at the White House since his inauguration. He spent the remainder of his time at his properties including Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida — known as the “Winter White House.”
Past presidents each had a favorite place to visit when away from the White House. Barack Obama rented accommodations in Hawaii, while George H.W. Bush rented a home in Maine.
Next: What Trump does in the Oval Office
5. What the Oval Office is like under Trump
- Years the Oval Office was reconstructed: 1902, 1909, and 1934
The Oval Office is where Donald Trump spends a good part of his day in briefings and other meetings, although he is said to spend much time in an adjacent dining room. He filled the office with items from former presidents: George W. Bush’s couches, Ronald Regan’s rug, and Bill Clinton’s golden drapes.
Trump has portraits of Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, and Jackson on the walls. He also displays photos of his parents, a collection of law enforcement badges, and a letter Richard Nixon wrote to him in 1987.
Next: What Melania Trump does at the White House
6. What does Melania Trump do at the White House?
- Number of first lady projects Melania has: 2
Melania does what other moms do first thing in the morning: She gets her son Barron Trump ready for school. This involves checking to make sure his homework is in his backpack. She also likely gets in a “light workout” involving Pilates and ankle weights — something she did indoors when living at Trump Tower.
The first lady also attends meetings at the White House. Her self-proclaimed mission is tackling both the opioid crisis and cyberbullying.
Next: How Barron Trump spends his time at the White House
7. What does Barron Trump do at the White House?
- He spends his time on the second and third floors
Barron, 12, is the first boy to live in the White House in more than 50 years. The last boy to live there was John F. Kennedy Jr. in the early 1960s. The first family has a private area on the home’s second and third floors where Barron has his own room. The kitchen staff cooks all of the family’s favorite meals. The sixth grader also has access to the bowling alley, swimming pool, basketball court, and movie theater.
Next: “The damned place is haunted.”
8. Is the White House haunted?
- Number of presidents’ ghosts reported in White House: At least 3
The White House is arguably the most famous haunted house. “The damned place is haunted sure as shootin,’” President Harry Truman wrote to his wife. He complained of a repeated knock on his door with no one on the other side.
Maybe this was President Abraham Lincoln’s ghost, who is said to frequent the hallways. In 1941, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill reportedly stepped out of a hot bath in Lincoln’s former bedroom and was enjoying a cigar while naked. Suddenly, Lincoln’s ghost appeared by the fireplace. “Good evening, Mr. President,” Churchill said. “You seem to have me at a disadvantage.”
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