The construction process of White House was not only very slow but also consumed a whopping amount of $232,372. The White House, which took almost 8 years to meet its completion, was a smaller version of what had been visualized by the planner L'Enfant. Nevertheless, when completed, it was the biggest residential premise in the entire of United States till the 1860s. This magnanimous structure comprises of 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, and 6 levels in the Residence. It was built to have 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators. For a guest list of 140 people and hors d'oeuvres over 1,000, the White House has five full-time chefs who work in the kitchen.
Post-completion, the White House experienced a major fire in 1814 and then in 1929 again bore the brunt of another fire in the West Wing during the presidency of Herbert Hoover. In another incident floor which took place when Harry S. Truman was the president, the interiors of the structure were all devastated excluding the third floor.
In 1800, the White House welcomed their first guests, President John Adams and his family. The House was not even nearing its finishing date when the family had settled in, but they soon arranged housekeeping in the second floor. The ground floor was used by the servants for kitchens, laundry, and housekeeping rooms. Also, what is currently a Diplomatic Reception Room today was formerly the housekeeper's room, equipped with built-in cabinets. During the work on the Public Audience Chamber (East Room) and the grand staircase (presently in north end of the State Dining Room), few of the rooms on the second and ground floor served the purpose of store rooms.
In 1800, Adams left the premise when Thomas Jefferson won the election, and with every new occupant, the structure underwent a series of modifications and alterations. Since his presidency in 1805, President Thomas Jefferson also allowed public tours, except during the war. With assistance from the architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe, he made various additions to the structure.
At present, the residents at the White House enjoy and relax in a range of facilities such as the tennis court, swimming pool, jogging track, movie-theater, and bowling lane. The building was earlier popular by various names such as the President's Palace, the President's House, and the Executive Mansion. It was formally christened as White House by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1901.