What the White House Looks Like Completely Gutted

In the late '40s, the executive mansion was in a condemnable state. To save it, everything had to go.
Oklahoman Published: February 27, 2013
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photo - The inside of the White House, after being gutted in 1950. (National Archives)
The inside of the White House, after being gutted in 1950. (National Archives)

Harry S Truman inherited a White House that was in horrendous shape. After the British nearly burnt it to the ground in 1814, the construction of 20th-century innovations—indoor plumbing, electricity, and heating ducts—had also taken its toll on the structure. The building was nearly 150 years old, and it showed its age.



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