Architectural Digest | The presidents and first ladies who have lived in the White House since its completion in 1800 have left their mark on its rooms and grounds. Franklin Roosevelt had the Family Theater carved out of a cloakroom, known as the Hat Box, in July 1942. Ronald and Nancy Reagan added the theater’s stadium-style seating. For a later makeover, First Lady Laura Bush was inspired by early 20th-century movie palaces. (March 2008).