White House trivia - Ahwatukee Foothills News: Commentary

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

White House trivia

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Monday, December 1, 2008 12:00 am

President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration is set for Jan. 20, and between now and then the Ahwatukee Foothills News will offer some insights into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

 

- The White House tennis court, first built in 1902 behind the West Wing, was moved to the west side of the south lawn in 1909 to make way for the expansion of executive office space.

- A heated indoor swimming pool was built in 1933 for Franklin D. Roosevelt's therapy as he was disabled by poliomyelitis. During President Nixon's first term, this space in the West Wing was converted into the White House pressroom. The Ford administration installed an outdoor pool on the South lawn in 1975.

- Bowling lanes were first built in 1947 in the basement of the West Wing, but were moved to the Old Executive Office Building in 1955. In 1969, President and Mrs. Nixon, both avid bowlers, had a one-lane alley built in an underground workspace area below the driveway leading to the North Portico.

- A small movie theater, converted from a long cloakroom, was installed in the East Wing in 1942.

- A game room with billiard and ping-pong tables was constructed in 1970 on the third floor of the White House.

- A jogging track was built around the driveway of the South grounds during President Clinton's first term.

- President Eisenhower had a putting green installed outside the Oval Office with a small sand trap on one side. A new practice green was located on the south grounds in 1996.

 

Source: White House Historical Society

 

More about

More about

  • Discuss

Tucson Fire Department: One killed after car lands on roof of house

TUCSON - One person was killed in a crash Saturday night when a car became airborne and landed on the roof of a home on Tucson's east side. Th…

Published: December 3, 2016 - 10:20 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-central-southern-…

Phoenix-area projected as hottest real estate market of 2017

PHOENIX — One real estate website is forecasting the Phoenix area to be the top housing market in the country next year. Realtor.com ranked th…

Published: December 3, 2016 - 9:23 pm @ http://ktar.com/story/1376066/metro-phoenix-projec…

Seven Electors Against Trump

On December 19th, the five hundred and thirty-eight members of the Electoral College will meet to formally pick the President. Each elector is…

Published: December 3, 2016 - 8:54 pm @ http://www.newyorker.com/news/benjamin-wallace-wel…

FD: Teen gets off school bus, saves dog from house fire in Phoenix

PHOENIX - Phoenix fire officials say a teen on his way to school was able to rescue his dog from a burning home. Fire crews responded to the h…

Published: December 3, 2016 - 7:48 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/nor…

Inside Jill Stein's Election Recount: 5 Things to Know From the Reporter Who Broke the Story

The presidential recount launched by Green Party candidate Jill Stein raises big questions: Did Russians hack U.S. voting machines? What happe…

Published: December 3, 2016 - 7:23 pm @ http://www.thewrap.com/inside-jill-steins-election…

Police offering $9K reward for unsolve tripe homicide in Phoenix

PHOENIX - Police are continuing to investigate the deaths of two women who were killed in Phoenix six years ago. Melissa Mason, 27, and Nicole…

Published: December 3, 2016 - 7:17 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/cen…

The Best Food Festival in Every U.S. State

When it comes to quirky food festivals, America stands united. Our cross-country map of state-by-state cuisine celebrations, adapted from Nati…

Published: December 3, 2016 - 6:51 pm @ http://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/travel-in…

The trolling of Elon Musk: how US conservatives are attacking green tech

He is the charismatic Silicon Valley entrepreneur who believes his many companies - including the electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors, sola…

Published: December 3, 2016 - 5:51 pm @ https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/dec/04…

Silver Alert issued in locating Howard Peter Wahl of Sun City

SURPRISE — Surprise police have issued a Silver Alert in help locating Howard Peter Wahl. Wahl, 83, was last seen driving away from Fry’s Groc…

Published: December 3, 2016 - 5:51 pm @ http://ktar.com/story/1377526/silver-alert-issued-…

Sweat lodge guru's return angers victims

Relatives of those who died in a 2009 sweat lodge ceremony speak out Self-help guru James Arthur Ray, who led ceremony, is out of jail and wri…

Published: December 3, 2016 - 5:19 pm @ http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/01/us/sweat-lodge-james…

Facebook

ahwatukee.com on Facebook

Twitter

ahwatukee.com on Twitter

RSS

Subscribe to ahwatukee.com via RSS

RSS Feeds

Spacer4px

Most Popular

Online poll

Loading…