Not everyone is aware that in 1950 the White House was gutted and rebuilt. It was old, dilapidated, and parts of it were in danger of collapsing. Pres. Harry S Truman oversaw the massive renovation rather than start a completely new mansion from scratch. It’s difficult to imagine that after all the White House had endured and despite its historical significance, razing it was seriously considered. And yet it was. Thankfully, the renovation was undertaken instead.
There are more photos and details with the Feb. 26 National Journal article, “What the White House Looks Like Completely Gutted.”