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Hot Topic | October 23rd, 2020

As we enter the home stretch of the 2020 presidential race, we can expect the question of who will call 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home for the next four years to continue making headlines. However, the fact that the White House is still standing as the home of our nation’s president is something we all take for granted. 

When Harry Truman took office in 1945, the White House was falling apart – literally. In 1946, the Truman family piano fell through the floor of what is now the Private Dining Room! The addition of a third floor, steel roof, plumbing work and electrical retrofits had taken a toll on the building. Truman wanted to save the White House, even though it was more expensive than building a new residence for the president. Preservation work required contractors to gut the entire interior leaving only the outer walls. If you thought your last home renovation was messy, check out some photos from the mid-century construction job for comparison.   

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