Workmen digging the sub-basement in the demolished White House in 1950.
Between 1948 and 1952 the White House has been totally reconstructed. Only the outher walls remained, the whole interior was removed and completely replaced.
But as a 1962 Saturday Evening Post article noted: All the mellow feeling of the old house gave way to a stark atmosphere of solidity. As one Washington columnist observed, “The White House is safe, all right, but it has completely lost its charm. That restoration took the heart out of the building. When those floors creaked, you knew Lincoln had been walking there before you. Now it has no more appeal than the Pentagon."
The White House renovation, 17 May 1950. A steel structure is built within the exterior shell.
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