Why is the White House white?
Have you ever wonder why the White House is so white? Who came to the idea to make it white? Was the name always been the White House? Why some blog that is writing about Adriatic is suddenly so inspired in writing about @POTUS’s home?
The first @POTUS George Washington decided where the White House going to be built. But he was the only USA president that never actually lived in it. Thirteen years after being built the house burn down in British Invasion in 1814. Merit for the today’s look of the House goes entirely to Irish architect James Hoban. For almost hundred years the house was known under various names as the “President’s Palace”, the “President’s House” & the “Executive Mansion”. It was President Theodore Roosevelt that officially gave the White House its name in 1901.
But why the White House…cause it’s white! Being one of the whitest in the area it got known among the people as the White House. Where the white come from? Well… from the white stone that is famous for over 2 thousand years as the noble white material used by Greeks and Romans for their palaces. That stone is found only on the island of Brac that is situated of the coast of Split in Dalmatian region of Croatia. This white stone found somehow the way to the US soil and directly to the President’s facade!
Long before George Washington decided to make Washington the capital and bring the white limestone old Romans use the same in building their palaces. The famous Diocletian built his summer residence in 4th century on the coast overseeing the Brac island. His summer residence is today main attraction in city of Split and is world known for its remarkable architecture and stone support.
Besides Split’s Diocletian Palace the stone was used to build Trogir city, Sibenik cathedral and most of the houses in the Brac Island! Americans are not the only that use the stone for their government buildings. Austrian and Hungarian Houses of Parliament are as well made of the Brac white stone.