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Photos of a White House gut renovation entrance hall november 1947

November 1947: "Photo of the entrance hall of the White House, prior to the renovation. From an album of photographs by Abbie Rowe of the White House, prior to the 1949 renovation." -- National Archives

Before-and-after photos of a White House gut renovation

And you thought your home renovation was bad! President Truman had the White House gutted. But he said the outer walls couldn't be touched -- and since a bulldozer wouldn't fit through a doorway, it had to be taken apart and reassembled within. Read more about the historic White House renovation on Yahoo! Homes' Spaces blog.

The photos here include before-and-after shots of the entrance and main staircase (slides 1-5); the Blue Room (slides 6-8); the East Room (slides 9-13); Truman's study (slides 14-16); the State Dining Room (slides 17-20); and the kitchen and pantry (slides 30-32).