The White House has been an American icon and a symbol of power since President John Adams and first lady Abigail moved into it 218 years ago.
The mansion is filled with halls and rooms that have been privy to all the inner workings of several administrations and meetings with numerous guests.
Tourists, celebrities, and world leaders alike have seen parts of this American treasure and past presidents have even called it “the best public housing” and a “gilded cage”.
The president went on to deny it, saying in a tweet, saying, “I love the White House, one of the most beautiful buildings (homes) I have ever seen.”
Here we will take a look at the decades-old design and some iconic snapshots from the historic White House. Keep scrolling for more.
Although smaller than some might imagine, the White House is NOT SMALL. In fact, it’s larger than most other US landmarks across the country.
The White house sits surrounded by an 18-acre enclosed area which keeps the mansion separated from the public on the street since it lies in the heart of Washington, DC.
Below is the view from the street.
The White House has been the symbol of American executive power and the center of it all for more than 200 years.
Here, a picture from March 22, 2019, when news broke that special counsel Robert Mueller had finally concluded his investigation into Russian collusion into the 2016 election.
The White House spans 55,000 square feet and is 168 feet long from east to west.
The White House grounds, inside and out, serve as important areas for the president to meet with the press, public, and world leaders. It takes about 90 people working on the building staff to keep it in excellent condition for the President.
Here, the President holds a press conference on June 1, 2017.
Very few renovations to increase space have ever been done while landscaping and painting upgrades have been consistent. Below, some workers paint the North Portico in 2018.
The original White House was burned down by the British during the War of 1812 and the White House as we know it today was designed and built after that. Here, a portrait, “The President’s House”, by George Munger, 1814-1815.
The West and East wings were built in 1902 and 1942, respectively. After that, a renovation completed in 1952 installed a steel frame to secure the building. Here we see the White House, circa 1846.
The building has three wings: The West Wing, where the Oval Office and the president’s staff work, which has three separate floors, the East Wing, where the first lady and her team work, which has two floors, and the residence, located in the middle, which has two floors of basements, a ground floor where building staff work, the state floor which houses official events, and then two floors where the first family resides.
Here is the former White House Press Secretary walking out to the North Lawn in May 2019.
In the residence portion of the White House, the state floor contains several rooms that serve as main reception areas. Here the first couple can meet with official visitors and hold special events.
Though the style has changed with each new president, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy famously decorated the mansion with historic American art and furniture.
Below, First lady Jacqueline Kennedy gives a nationally televised tour to CBS reporter Charles Collingwood through the White House in February 1962.
Former first lady Jackie Kennedy’s beautiful additions are still in place today in some of the White House’s main rooms. Here is a picture of the well known Green Room.
The main drawing rooms connect to the main hallway, Cross Hall.
Here we see President Obama on his way to the first press conference of his presidency on Feb. 9, 2009.
Lower Cross Hall is a prime spot for the festive decorations which adorn the White House each year.
Seen below, these “snowball” arches are made from more than 6,000 ornaments and line the corridor during the 2016 holiday season.
The main corridor is about 18 feet by 80 feet, just a bit longer than a bowling lane.
The East Room is often used for formal ceremonies and press conferences. Here, President Trump gives remarks at the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride D.C. event, April 18, 2019.
The State Dining Room is used for the most formal occasions, including state dinners. After a renovation to increase space, it can now accommodate 140 guests.
The first family’s residence floor is above the mansion’s main reception rooms and can be accessed by a private staircase. In this photo, a Secret Service agent stands guard on the staircase leading to the residence.
The residence area on the second and third floors are historically kept quite private.
The Yellow Oval Room, located on the residence floor, gives the first couple an intimate space to host guests who have the honor of being invited to the private level. I
n this historic photo, President Ronald Reagan and First lady Nancy visit with King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden and his wife Queen Silvia on November, 22, 1981.
Some smaller sitting rooms, including the Treaty Room shown below, are perfect spots for the first family to gather intimately. Here, the Obamas enjoy a World Cup soccer game in 2011.
The Lincoln Bedroom is named for President Lincoln, who once used the room as an office and, as legend has it, still haunts the space today. It now serves as a guest room.
Although all first families are invited to add their personal touches, the last major changes to the room were done by First Lady Laura Bush.
The West Wing features room for the President’s staff and is designed for the administration’s work needs.
Here, the infamous Oval Office, which is 35 by 29 feet.
This area in the West Wing features photos from various presidential inauguration celebrations.
The Cabinet Room can hold 22 people, and usually includes administration officials and relevant outside agents. .
The legendary “Situation Room” in the West Wing is an important hub for the administration’s work. The general public might not know that it is actually a series of conference rooms over a 5000 square foot area designed to host meetings with the president and top defense officials.
President Trump is used to the glitz of his Manhattan penthouse but the White House certainly offers up a more vintage feel. Here, President Donald Trump looks out an Oval Office window following a press interview on April 27, 2017.
The White House is a formidable presence, not only in its physical beauty and stature, but in its place in legendary American history. This parting shot of the White House was taken at dusk on a cloudy evening in February 2009.