The White House

The White House is the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States. It is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. and has been the residence of every U.S. President since John Adams in 1800.

The building was originally variously referred to as the “President’s Palace”, “Presidential Mansion”, or “President’s House”. A myth emerged that during the rebuilding of the structure after the Burning of Washington, white paint was applied to mask the burn damage it had suffered, giving the building its namesake hue. However, there is speculation that the name of the traditional residence of the President of the United States may have derived from Martha Washington’s home, White House Plantation in Virginia, where the nation’s first President had courted the First Lady in the mid-18th century.

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