How Did the White House in Washington DC Get its Name and Where Did the Nickname Originate?

From 1800, when John Adams became the first president to inhabit it, until 1814, when the British burned it because the Americans had torched Toronto, the presidential building was a grey Virginia freestone.

It was painted white to cover up the fire damage done by the British.

It wasn’t officially called the White House until Teddy Roosevelt began printing its image on the executive mansion stationery in 1901.

Why is the American presidential home called the “White House”?

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  1. They did not paint it white to cover anything up. After the fire they rebuilt it. It is called the white house because it was originally built out of sandstone, and the builders thought it would fall apart after erosion so they put a paint layer to prevent that. It wasn’t until 1901 when teddy roosevelt officially named it the white house.

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