Rebuilding the White House

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Robert Klara talks about the Truman administration’s controversial rebuilding of the White House, which was in danger of collapsing when President Harry Truman and his family moved in when he took office. The Hidden White House: Harry Truman and the Reconstruction of America’s Most Famous Residence shows how Truman’s rebuilding of the White House is a snapshot of postwar America and its first Cold War leader, undertaking a job that changed the centerpiece of the country’s national heritage.


Robert Klara

Comments [4]

ellen from Manhattan

Mayor Bloomberg may have chosen to stay in his apartment because it's a grand, service-oriented place and because of he felt he'd earned the "right" to live whatever he wanted - but his advising Bill De Blasio not to live there was, I have no doubt, connected to both their support of the construction of the 91st Street Marine Garbage Transfer Station, all 10 stories of which will be located less than 2 blocks from Gracie Mansion. If De Blasio were really a man of the people he'd stick it out, in the firm conviction that all the things the Dept of Sanitation says about how it won't contribute in any way to harming the neighborhood are completely true.

Nov. 26 2013 12:56 PM
Amy from Manhattan

1. What are the security concerns associated w/having presidents sit outside the White House on a porch?

2. Why were builders allowed to add things to the house for so many years without checking that it could hold them up?

Nov. 26 2013 12:53 PM

Does the burning of the building during the War of 1812 have any role in this?

Nov. 26 2013 12:51 PM
Tony from Canarsie

Possible title for a horror movie that takes place between 1949 and 1952: "The Blair House Witch Project."

Nov. 26 2013 12:35 PM

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