White House Completely Gutted in 1950

Did you know that during the Truman administration the White House it had a full gutting and renovation?

Above: workers dig the extensive basement under the North Portico (1950). 

The iconic building had been home to every US president since John Adams took residence in 1800, but after years of neglect during the Great Depression and World War II, the building had fallen into a very sad state.

Workmen digging the sub-basement inside the nearly demolished White House (1950).


More here


4 thoughts on “White House Completely Gutted in 1950”

  1. While Truman was living in the lightly protected Blair House, two Puerto Rican nationalists tried to assassinate him. One of them was killed and the other was sentenced to life in prison. He was eventually pardoned by jimmy Carter and he returned to Puerto Rico.
    Blair House is now used as a short term residence for visiting foreign dignitaries.

Comments are closed.