Plans to tear WHITE HOUSE down in 1945-OMG-OMG
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#1 Mar 3, 2013
THE BUCK STOPS HERE!
Congress Planned to tear WHITE HOUSE down in 1945-OMG-OMG
But a Missouri Hillbilly POTUS President said--HELL NO!
White House Gutted: See What It Looked Like Ripped Up From Head to Toe:>>>
Mar 2nd 2013
Now here's something hard to believe:
The White House, one of the most historically significant buildings in the world --
and the most valuable home in America -- once came close to being a teardown.
When Missouri Hillbilly Harry Truman took office in 1945,
the grand home of the POTUS was falling apart.
It was 150 years old at the time,
and its history of being beaten up (the British tried to burn it down in 1814,
and the later installation of indoor plumbing and heating was a wreck) was taking a toll.
The entire mansion was closed and presidential holiday events cancelled that year after it was discovered that the ceiling of the East Room was sagging six inches,..
among other problems.
A survey of the home found that its plumbing was "makeshift and unsanitary,"
and the "appalling degree" of structural deterioration would soon make the White House uninhabitable.
A Congressional committee in charge of the matter considered demolishing the home and building a new one from scratch.
But Missouri Hillbilly-Harry Truman Said Hell No,
and was able to push for a complete renovation instead.
"It perhaps would be more economical from a purely financial standpoint to raze the building
and to rebuild completely,"
Missouri Hillbilly Truman testified to Congress in February 1949, according to National Journal.
"In doing so, however,
there would be destroyed a building of tremendous historical significance in the growth of the nation."
That was enough to convince Congress to spring for a total rehab of the White House.
From top to bottom, stem to stern,
the entire interior of the home was replaced. Want to see what the White House looks like completely gutted?
Click through the gallery below to see photos from the major renovation.
(All photos and captions are from The U.S. National Archives.)
See the White House Completely Gutted
Congress was going to Teat the White House down,
.......But a Missouri Hillbilly POTUS President said--HELL NO!
THE BUCK STOPS HERE!
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