Origins of the Presidency and Official Duties

The White House

Where does the president reside?

The president of the United States lives and works in the White House in Washington, D.C., located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The White House is three stories high, with offices, public rooms, guest rooms, and the family’s living space taking up most of the fifty-five thousand square feet of the building. All told, there are 132 rooms (including 16 family guest rooms, 1 main kitchen, 1 diet kitchen, 1 family kitchen, and 31 bathrooms) in the residence. There are 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators. In addition, the property houses a tennis court, a jogging track, a swimming pool, a gym, a movie theater, and a bowling lane. It is surrounded by approximately eighteen acres of lawns and gardens.


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