When did the White House Become White?
The White House, the President’s private residence in the USA, was constructed in Washington between 1792 and 1800 using Aquia Creek sandstone. The exterior walls of the structure were painted white only in few years after building. According to the one version, whitewash was applied to cover smoke marks which appeared in 1814 when the House was set on the fire; according to another – the walls were whitened as a means of protecting the porous stone from freezing.
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