In 1950, the interior of the Whitehouse was dismantled, leaving the house as a shell. It was then rebuilt using concrete and steel beams in place of its original wooden joists.
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Heavy construction equipment is driven inside the shell of the White House during renovations. This photo was taken on May 17, 1950. During this time, the interior of the White House was supported only by temporary steel supports. The exterior walls res
The interior of the White House during its reconstruction in the 1950's. It was virtually gutted and rebuilt from the ground up.
The White House interior shell during renovations, May 17, 1950. President Truman learned that the White House, after years of modifications, additions, and neglect, was in imminent danger of collapsing. He commissioned a reconstruction of the White House. Two sub basements were added, along with a bomb shelter. They also added Central Air conditioning for the first time., amongst other things.
Gutted White House during the reconstruction, 1950. President Truman did not want to have a hole put into the structure of the White House to accomodate the dump trucks, etc so he had the machinery disassembled outside and reassembled inside the White House to do the necessary work.
"What the White House Looks Like Completely Gutted". Many photos and the story of how and why the White House had such drastic renovation.
In 1950, the interior of the White House was dismantled, leaving the house as a shell. It was then rebuilt using concrete and steel beams in place of its original wooden joists. dyingbreed
What the White House Looks Like Completely Gutted. President Truman, 1950
White House renovation 1950
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