The occasion for this cutaway of the White House was its $5.4 million, 2 year-long renovation project under President Harry Truman.

By 1950, the White House was a wreck:  saggy floors, weakened beams, crumbling masonry.  The project gutted the entire inside of the house, replacing it with steel girders, but leaving the outside intact.

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White House Cutaway Drawing 1950

White House Cutaway Drawing 1950

Source:  Popular Science September 1950

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