Fun Fact October 13, 2020.
13 October 2020
The corner stone for the presidential residence in the newly designed capital city of Washington DC was set on this date in 1792. In 1800, President John Adams became the first president to reside in the executive mansion at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, which soon became known as the “White House” because its white-gray Virginia freestone contrasted strikingly with the red brick of nearby buildings. George Washington chose the site of the White House. Since 1995, Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and Lafayette Square has been closed to vehicular traffic for security reasons. Today, more than a million tourists visit the White House annually. It is the oldest federal building in the nation’s capital.