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The Coolest Rooms in the White House (And What Happens in Them)

Updated March 11, 2020 46.7k votes 9.0k voters 631.3k views15 items

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The White House is a massive mansion, and each room in it has a different purpose and a unique history. This list will tell you all about the most interesting rooms in the White House, and what happens in them. You've probably already heard of many of these, or even seen them in movies or on television, but many of them will be unfamiliar - the lesser-known White House rooms with stories waiting to be told.

This kind of White House history will give you some insight into how the role and demands of the president and the rest of the executive branch have changed over the years. The rooms of the White House have been created or altered throughout history to suit the needs of each new president. Take a dive in and explore the presidential palace.

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    Green Room

    What goes down in here: Small receptions and teas.
     
    Notable events: President Lincoln's son, who perished of typhoid fever, was embalmed in the Green Room. Eleanor Roosevelt also entertained Amelia Earhart here.

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    East Room

    What goes down in here: Press conferences, dances, and banquets. This is the largest room in the White House and the one best-suited for an audience.

    Notable events: Many presidents' funerals have been held here, including Kennedy's. President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act here.

     

     

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    The Treaty Room

    What goes down in here: The president uses it as a working space.

    Notable events: William McKinley signed the peace treaty that ended the Spanish-American War in this room, while JFK used it to sign the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

    This room is currently a private presidential study, but it's had many uses over the years. When James Garfield was shot, this room was turned into a sick room with several rudimentary air conditioning machines to try to keep the president comfortable.

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    The Situation Room

    What goes down in here: A 24/7 intelligence-gathering operation, and regular briefings to the president about the latest important events.

    Notable events: Members of Obama's administration received a play-by-play of the mission to capture Osama bin Laden. This room was created by JFK, and was meant to remedy the lack of real-time information that resulted in the failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion

    Where you've seen it in movies/TV: Minority Report, Air Force One, Thirteen Days, The Fifth Element, 24

     

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