- President Joe Biden now lives in the White House, America’s most famous home.
- The historic home consists of 132 rooms spread across three buildings.
- Here’s a look inside the White House’s most notable spaces.
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Welcome to the White House, the most famous home in America where Joe Biden will live for the next four years.
It is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Washington, DC between the US Treasury and Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
The massive building contains three connected but distinct sections: the East Wing, the West Wing, and the Executive Residence in the middle.
It consists of 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, 412 doors, and 28 fireplaces.
The West Wing contains some of the most notable rooms in the White House.
Among them is the Oval Office. It is the president’s formal workspace, where he meets or takes calls with with heads of state, diplomats, and his staff.
The Oval Office is home to the famous Resolute Desk, which dates back to the 1800s and weighs over 1,000 pounds.
There are also several paintings, busts, and other decorations. Presidents decorate the office to their taste.
Right outside the Oval Office is the White House Rose Garden, which is used for special ceremonies and to greet distinguished guests.
The West Colonnade walkway, also referred to as the “45-second commute” by insiders, leads from the Oval Office to the Rose Garden and to the official residence.
The Cabinet Room is where the president meets with his ministers. It’s customary for the president to sit near the centre of the table.
In the basement is the Situation Room, a 5,000 square-foot complex where the president receives intelligence and crisis support. It is run by staff from the National Security Council.
A few rooms over, the US Navy operates a restaurant known as the Navy Mess and Ward Room.
One of the West Wing’s most photographed rooms is the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room where the White House press secretary gives briefings to the news media.
Another famous room is the Roosevelt Room. The meeting space is often used to announce appointments and nominations of new staff members. It features paintings of both Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The office of the vice president is also located in the West Wing.
The five-floor Executive Residence building is the White House’s largest and is where the First Family lives and sleeps.
The first floor of the residence contains the Blue Room. The oval-shaped room, which the president uses to formally receive guests, boasts blue upholstery, blue curtains, and blue carpet. It has stayed the same colour since 1837.
Also on the first floor is the Red Room, which serves as a parlor or sitting room for the president and dignitaries.
The East Room is the largest room in the Executive Residence. It is used for speeches, ceremonies, concerts, receptions, and dances.
Bedrooms and private living spaces for First Family are located on the third, fourth, and fifth floors.
The East Wing next door is home to the Office of the First Lady and White House Private Secretary.
It also contains the family theatre, where presidents and their families can see any movie they want at any time of the day — even before they come out in theatres.
Beneath the East Wing is one of the White House bunkers, where White House officials sheltered during 9/11. Another is located beneath the North Lawn.
Source: Business Insider
The Bidens moved into the White House on January 20 and will no doubt add their personal touches to the home soon.
- Editor’s note: This is an updated version of an article originally written by Amanda Macias.
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