Steel Fun Fact: Steel in the Whitehouse

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In 1948, following concerns by President Truman about its condition, the White House underwent a complete reconstruction within its original exterior walls. The White House was rebuilt on a new framework of structural steel and included the strength of 660 tons of steels by the time the reconstruction was completed.

On the evening of March 27, 1952, three years after renovations began, President Truman received a gold key to the newly-renovated White House during a small ceremony at the entrance door. The White House’s original 48 rooms had expanded to 54 by the time all was said and done and had been rebuilt to serve the needs of the modern Presidency while retaining its historical appearance.

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