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

Katherine Ripley
Updated March 11, 2020 45.9k votes 8.9k voters 627.9k views 15 items

List Rules Vote up the coolest and most interesting rooms within the big white building at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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
Green Room is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Coolest Rooms in the White House (And What Happens in Them)
Photo:  Pete Souza/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

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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Queen's Bedroom
Queen's Bedroom is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Coolest Rooms in the White House (And What Happens in Them)
Photo: Unknown/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

What goes down in here: Sleeping.

Notable events: The queens of the Netherlands, Greece, Norway, and Great Britain have all slept here; Winston Churchill also stayed here when he visited Presidents Roosevelt and Truman.

This room used to be called the Rose Room, but its name was changed to reflect the fact that so many queens had stayed in it.

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The Treaty Room
The Treaty Room is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Coolest Rooms in the White House (And What Happens in Them)
Photo:  Obama White House/Flickr/Public Domain

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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Presidential Emergency Operations Center
Presidential Emergency O... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Coolest Rooms in the White House (And What Happens in Them)
Photo:  The U.S. National Archives/Flickr/Public Domain

What goes down in here: Official business when there is a threat of attack on the United States.

Notable events: George W. Bush met with the National Security Council in this room after the September 11 terrorist attack on New York City. The rudiments of the underground bunker were built during FDR's administration.

Where you've seen it in movies/TV: Olympus Has Fallen, White House Down, multiple seasons of 24

 

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