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South Portico Under Construction

Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum/ NARA

When studying history, it is important to examine how things can change over time. How did we get from point A to point B? Also, why did we get from point A to point B? From the outside, the White House appears to rarely change. The Residence, along with the East and West Wings, stands as an enduring symbol of the presidency and the United States, but behind the recognizable façade many changes have taken place to enlarge and update the space to meet the evolving needs of the first families. Explore some of the changes, expansions, and renovations of the White House from the completion of the porticoes in 1830 to the last major renovation ending in 1952.