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

Katherine Ripley
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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 what are 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: Library of Congress Collection
What goes down in here: Small receptions and teas.
 
Notable events: President Lincoln's son, who died of typhoid fever, was embalmed in the Green Room; Eleanor Roosevelt entertained Amelia Earhart.
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Presidential Emergency Operations Center


Presidential Emergency Operati... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Coolest Rooms in the White House (And What Happens in Them)
Photo: Eric Draper/Wikimedia Commons

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 11th terrorist attack on New York City.
 

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

This underground bunker was built during FDR's administration, and designed to protect the president from a nuclear attack.
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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: White House Historical Association

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; JFK signed 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 crude air conditioning machines, to try to keep the President comfortable.
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Blue Room


Blue Room is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Coolest Rooms in the White House (And What Happens in Them)
Photo:  The White House
What goes down in here: Receptions, receiving lines, occasionally small dinners.
 
Notable events: Grover Cleveland's wedding, the only presidential wedding ever to take place in the White House.
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