It started as just a normal renovation, but after considering all the bodily fluids that were left behind during the Clinton years and then all the stench of weed that was left during the Barack Hussein Obama years, White House crews have gutted it all, surprisingly they were able to keep the original structure in tact.
While President Donald Trump spends 17 days vacationing at his Bedminster golf club in New Jersey, the renovation and modernization of the White House are well underway. From August 4 through 20, the presidential mansion and most iconic house in the world will go through the what is being referred to, a massive renovation that is more out of necessity than cosmetic. And not to mention there is no other way to remove that stench of Marxism after 8 long years of Barry Soetoro?
The work, which is quickly being completed by the General Service Administration department includes.
Refurbishing of cracked stairs leading into the White House from the South Lawn, which has not been restored in over 64 years during the Truman Administration.
Performing exterior electricity upgrades.
Power-washing outside walls and resurfacing one exterior door.
Upgrading the 27-year-old HVAC system, which runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Fixing leaks in the lower press area of the West Wing,
Renovating and upgrading the kitchen.
Painting and renovating to freshen up the colors and switching out curtains and carpets.
Removing temporary stairs by the press briefing room.
Not sure why they need to fix the leaks in the press area, after all, swap creatures need the moisture!
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) August 5, 2017
During the Depression and war years of the Franklin Roosevelt administration, the White House’s annual repair budget had been neglected. With the approval of Congress, Roosevelt had made major additions to the West Wing and the East Wing to accommodate the fact that the office of the president and organizations that answer directly to him had grown enormously. As a result, the West Wing was still overcrowded and lacked a cafeteria and a press theater.
When Harry Truman became president in 1945, he had detailed plans drawn up by Lorenzo Winslow to construct an addition on the south side of the West Wing that would satisfy its needs. Although ground was broken and appropriations made by Congress, clumsy handling of the matter raised concerns on Capitol Hill (many felt Truman had sneaked the funding through) and among the public (many thought the mansion itself would be altered). Despite Truman’s efforts, the funding was recalled and withheld even after Winslow produced a reduced version of the plan in early 1946.
Mr. Truman’s Balcony
Irritated by the rejection of his West Wing expansion, in 1948, Truman decided to add a balcony to the South Portico at the second-floor level using money already allotted for White House maintenance. A great deal of public objection was raised, but this time the president had the money to complete the project without relying on Congress, and the balcony was constructed according to plan.
…And a Whole New Residence
Not long after the Truman Balcony was completed, the main body of the mansion was found to be structurally unsound. Floors no longer merely creaked; they swayed. The president’s bathtub was sinking into the floor. A leg of Margaret’s piano broke through the floor in what is today the Private Dining Room. Engineers did a thorough examination and found plaster in a corner of the East Room sagging as much as 18 inches. Wooden beams had been weakened by cutting and drilling for plumbing and wiring over 150 years, and the addition of the steel roof and full third floor in 1927 added weight the building could no longer handle. They declared the whole house to be in imminent danger of collapse.
Plans were discussed to demolish the building and rebuild it to the same design, but in the end, Truman went to Congress and requested the funding to rebuild the White House from the inside out, leaving only the stout brick outer walls and the rebuild the interior largely on the same plan as the existing house—very much the way President James Madison had done in 1814.
The old interior of the Residence was dismantled, leaving the house as a shell with the two modern wings. Some of the existing interior detail was saved, especially fireplace mantels. Some of the scrap was sold as souvenirs.
The mansion was then rebuilt using concrete and steel beams in place of its original wooden joists. Some modifications were made, with the most obvious being the repositioning of the grand staircase to open into the Entrance Hall, rather than the Cross Hall. Also, before the renovation, no baths connected with the guest rooms. Afterwards, all guest rooms had adjoining baths and separate baths were provided for the servants.
One special consideration was the East Sitting Hall. The higher ceiling in the East Room raised the east rooms about three feet in the original house, and four steps led into it, hampering the movement of the disabled (FDR and, after his stroke, Woodrow Wilson). With the use of steel construction, Architect Lorenzo Winslow managed to reduce the difference to less than one foot. In order accommodate the closets and extra staircase to the third floor also requested by the president, Winslow created a corridor with a barrel vault ceiling that enclosed a ramp up into the East Sitting Hall.
While the White House was being dismantled and rebuilt, Harry and Bess Truman (daughter Margaret had ventured out on a singing career) moved to Blair House across the street at 1651-1653 Pennsylvania Ave. Actually a combination of two adjoining houses built by the prominent Blair family, it had become the official guest residence for visiting dignitaries in 1942 and remains so today.
Wow, you would think with all the money we have borrowed as a nation all these things would have been done a lot sooner. But then again this is a great time. Pretty sure the main stream media will somehow find a way to blame Trump for all this. After all, maybe he was the one who broke the stairs and made the AC age.
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