The White House – Paranormal History Profile

The White House – Paranormal History Profile

August 18, 2019 9 By William Hollis


in this video we’re gonna do the
paranormal history profile of the White House well hello there parapeeps and
welcome to another episode of our haunted travels I am your host Shawn
Donley and I’m your co-host Marianne Donley that’s right in this video
we’re gonna tell you all the paranormal information and history about the
executive presidential mansion from the United States the White House but before
we get into that if you’re into the paranormal history or forensics well you
want to of course hit that subscribe button and bring that little bell make
sure you hear from us next time enclosed a new video that’s right so we did quite
a bit on the channel in the past couple weeks about the White House but we
didn’t cover the history of the White House and our personal experiences so
let’s get started with the history so watch this video and we will write today
this building is known as the White House but its true name is the
President’s House the building features the Oval Office
Lincoln Bedroom and of course the famous rose garden and it remains the only
private residence of a head of state open free of charge to the public the
official home for the US president was designed by Irish born architect James
Hoban in the 1790s it was rebuilt after a British attack in 1814 remodeled
renovated and added to through the years throughout its history the president’s
house has continued to evolve with the personal touches of its residents and
accommodated technological changes as they became available such as the
installation of electricity the building has undergone major structural changes
throughout the years such as in the early 1900s under Teddy Roosevelt who by
the way officially established the White House name and again under Harry Truman
after World War two not long after the inauguration of President George
Washington in 1789 plans to build a official presidents house in a federal
district along the Potomac River took shape
a contest to find the Builder produce the winning design from Irish born
architect James Hoban who modeled his building after an Anglo Irish villa
in Dublin called the lynnster house the cornerstone was laid on October 13th of
1792 and over the next eight years a construction team comprised of both
enslaved and freed African Americans and European immigrants built the akia Creek
sandstone structure though George Washington did oversee the laying of the
cornerstone he didn’t live long enough to see the completion of the house
it was coated in a lime based whitewash in 1798 that produced a color that would
eventually give rise to its famous nickname the white house originally
built at a cost of two hundred and thirty two thousand three hundred and
seventy two dollars the two-story house was still not quite complete when John
Adams and his wife Abigail became the first residents on November 1st of 1800
Thomas Jefferson added his own personal touches upon moving in a few months
later installing two water closets and working with architect Benjamin Latrobe
to add bookending Terrace pavilions having transformed the building into a
more suitable representation of a leaders home
Jefferson held the first inaugural open house in 1805 and he also opened his
doors for public tours and receptions on New Year’s Day and the fourth of July
unfortunately the president’s house was burned to the ground by the British in
August of 1814 and was merely left to its smoldering remains as lawmakers
contemplated moving the capital to another
instead of moving the capital though it was eventually decided to bring back
Holman and rebuild it merely from scratch say merely because in fact some
areas he actually incorporated the original charred walls upon resuming
residency in 1817 James Madison and his wife dolly gave the home a more regal
touch by decorating it with extravagant French furniture as a quick side note it
was Dolly Madison that rescued the famous Gilbert Stuart painting of George
Washington from the White House during the fire of 1814 additional work and
renovations though continued even still today the north and south porticoes were
not part of the original structure and were not even part of it for the first
three decades the South portico was added in 1824 and the north in 1829 in
1835 running water and central heating was installed in 1848 gas lights were
installed covered pavilions and then large greenhouses for growing flowers
and vegetables were also constructed on either side of the mansion and Victorian
ornamentation and decor were added from 1870 to 1890 John Quincy Adams
established the residents first flower garden subsequent administration’s
continued to overhaul and bolster the interior through congressional
appropriations the Fillmore’s added a library in the second floor oval room
while the arthur’s hired famed decorator Louie Tiffany to redecorate the east
blue and red and state dining rooms electric lights supplemented gas lights
in 1891 and the first electric elevator was added in
1898 in 1902 Theodore Roosevelt removed the Victorian ornamentation and restored
the mansion to the federal style with Georgian touches originally the
presidential staff would work from the second floor of the residence
however when Theodore Roosevelt became president he realized that the rooms of
the mansion were too small for his large family and his staff so in 1902 he had
temporary office structure constructed on the site of the greenhouses and with
the help of architectural firm of McKim Mead and white he would enlarge the
White House with the addition of the West Wing for the presidential staff to
work along with the West Wing he also built an early one-story East Wing as a
formal guest entrance in 1909 William Howard Taft expanded the building and
created an Oval Office for the president in 1923 the West Wing was remodeled in
1930 it was rebuilt after a supposed Christmas fire in 1934 Franklin
Roosevelt had a second floor constructed and moved the Oval Office to the
southeast corner for better light and privacy he also had a swimming pool and
gymnasium constructed in the gallery to allow him to exercise regularly a new
roof and third floor were added in 1927 and in 1942 under Franklin Roosevelt an
East Wing was added in part to balance the enlarged West Wing but also in part
to cover the construction of an underground air raid bunker now known as
the presidential Emergency Operations Center among its uses the East Wing has
sometimes housed the offices and staff for the first lady and provides a
covered entrance to the White House that allows guests to easily flow through the
mansion for large social events a major overhaul took place after Harry
Truman entered office in 1945 with structural problems that were mounting
from the 1902 installation of floor bearing steel beams most of the
building’s interior was stripped bare as new concrete foundations went in place
Lorenzo Winslow became the new White House architect the project involved the
complete removal of the interior of the White House except for the third floor
and included salvaged and storage of critical interior elements excavation of
new basement levels and construction of new foundations steel and concrete
structure masonry to interior walls with plaster finish and wood paneling custom
plaster moldings refurbishing of and replacement of windows a new heating
ventilation air conditioning plumbing electrical and communication system and
the bulk of the work was accomplished within the exterior stone walls which
were to be kept in place and simply repainted on December 13th of 1949
construction began on the site the Truman’s helped redesign most of the
staterooms and decorate the second and third floors during this reconstruction
Bess Truman created the Lincoln Bedroom she did this by compiling into one room
Lincoln’s famous bed and other furniture from his time of his administration that
had been discovered and restored by the Truman’s the total cost for the project
was 5.7 million dollars the president proudly displayed the results of the
construction during a televised tour of the completed house in 1952 though he
was reportedly displeased with the price tag
he wrote that he could have done it in half the time for half the price if he
was in charge of the construction by himself the architect Winslow envisioned
many of the interior items such as doors trim woodwork ornamental plaster etc
that that would be reused so most were carefully dismantled labeled catalogued
and stored now a good amount of the paneling was reinstalled in the main
public rooms but other historic elements were simply copied to accommodate
increase in cost and time constraints so what happened to the original materials
materials such as marble fireplace mantles pipes and other things that were
not significantly identifiable as having historic value were simply sent to
landfills but some ended up in the hands of those who requested items to avoid
profiteering from the millions of items that were being carted away they ran a
souvenir program beginning in January of 1951 over 20,000 requests were made from
everything from nails to charred wood and preassembled kits were distributed
for as little as 25 cents each the kits included items such as individual bricks
stone and wood the program ended in October of 1951 and in that short time
they reported a profit thousand dollars in the early 1960s the
Kennedys remodeled extensively again and a televised tour of the renovations was
made occasional renovations do continue today over the course of 1969 and 70 a
portico cherry and a circular drive were added to the exterior of the West Wing
and a new press briefing room was installed following a 1978 study to
assess the exterior paint up to 40 layers were removed in some areas which
allowed for repairs of deteriorating stone meanwhile the Carter
Administration said about adjusting to a new information age by installing the
White House’s first computer and laser printer the
internet made its debut to the mansion under the watch of George HW Bush in
1992 now Carter also installed a set of water heating solar panels these panels
were removed by the Reagan administration and later reinstalled
under george w bush many presidents renovate the Oval Office and the Cabinet
Room Richard Nixon converted the pool and gym into a briefing room and offices
for the press he also dedicated the conference room to Theodore and Franklin
Roosevelt in 2006 george w bush renovated the press areas and enlarged
and updated the Situation Room in 2017 a 3.4 million dollar renovation was
completed in just 17 days this renovation included updating of the
HVAC system upgrading the building’s IT systems and repairing the South portico
steps for the first time since the Eisenhower administration leaks within
the White House as well as the lower lobby of the West Wing were also worked
on and the Oval Office was restored the White House today holds 142 rooms on six
floors the floor space totaling approximately 55,000 square feet and it
has hosted longstanding traditions such as the annual Easter Egg Roll as well as
other historic events like the 1987 nuclear arms treaty with Russia the
White House as we know it reflects a nation’s history through accumulated
collections of its presiding presidents and serves as a worldwide symbol of the
American Republic there you go some interesting stuff and
I forgot to say that the White House of course is in our database it is panning
the number one three one nine and it is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
absolutely is Washington DC so about the paranormal stuff that we’ve done we did
it go stories in folklore that covered three of the quite interesting different
things happening there put a link to that but and then we did a behind a hard
thing to cover all of the ghosts that are in there and I will have to say this
you cannot be guaranteed much in life but I will guarantee you folks that the
White House is the most haunted location at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in
Washington DC that did you all right folks
well if they stayed with us this long after your history your dissertation
that you did they deserved a joke re personal experiences we’re here at the
White House when you’re younger go inside no I’ve never been inside no
there boy we’ve been to the outside we’ve been the outside I’ll show you
some pictures this is about how close we got to it the first time I went to DC we
didn’t even go down to the White House yeah actually we were on a tour and they
said if you get off here you can go down two blocks I’m gonna be over there and
you’re like we don’t need to go there so then the second time we went together we
did walk all the way from actually from Ford’s Theater we walked to the White
House which you know in July in July yeah heat overweight we walked came to
the wrong side of the White House well we walked in the back side of the White
House so we were able to see the National Christmas tree I thought that
was pretty cool if we were on the other side
we noticed it that’s true and I thought that was super cool yeah we’ll get to
see the snipers up on the roof absolutely did you know so that’s our
experiences we haven’t been inside we will be back to DC definitely it’s not
that far maybe that’ll be one of the goals is to
try to go inside the white house I’m sure that’s gonna be a whole-day
adventure because security and everything you have to go through but
yeah kind of cool knowing that all the spirits that we know now that would be
fun yes so why do you think that this place is so haunted
some of the most popular and important people in the world has been there
through some trying times and you know those times that things tend to imprint
on on locations you know that’s my guess yeah a lot of a
lot of a lot of energy inside those walls a lot of very important decision
makings a lot of a lot of trying times I think that’s probably why a lot of
people have seen Abraham Lincoln in there you know he was in there during
the silver war and that was very stressful yeah so alright do you have
anything else you’d like to add to this video I don’t think this time we’ve kept
them long enough I believe all right folks till next time thanks
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