During the renovations to the White House in the late 1940s and early 50s, President Harry Truman and wife Bess stayed across the street in the Blair House. On November 1, 1950, two men attempted to enter Blair House to kill Truman. One White House police officer was killed and another wounded in the biggest shootout in history involving the Secret Service. One of the attackers was killed and the other wounded.
It was in high school American history that I learned of the attempt on Truman's life and the reason he was residing at Blair House. But I had no idea of the magnitude of the renovations until I saw these photos.
The White House was literally gutted and the interior rebuilt. See the slideshow at this webpage:
If you search "White House renovation" at flickr.com, you will find even more photos.
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