Situated on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC, the White House has been the official residence of the President of the United States of America for over two hundred years. Completed in 1800, the White House has been the home of all but one of the forty five presidents to hold the highest office in the land. Many of the White House’s rooms such as the Oval Office are famous the world over, while others remain shrouded in mystery. Here are twenty amazing secrets about the White House that you probably don’t know.

It Could Have Been So Much Bigger

It’s been noted that considering the White House is both the home and the workplace of the most powerful man in the world, the building isn’t particularly big or grand. In fact, it could have been much grander and a lot larger had short-lived President William Henry Harrison got his way. He wanted to vastly increase the White House’s size, adding an enclosed courtyard and a complex of staff offices. Congress didn’t like the idea of spending a huge sum of money expanding the White House, so voted the plan down.

It Has An Irish Influence

The White House’s architect, James Hoban, modelled his design for the president’s residence on Leinster House in Dublin, Ireland. Hoban was Irish, and so it was only natural that he would look to his native land for inspiration. Leinster House has been the seat of the Irish legislature since 1922.