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From the National Archives:

In 1792, the cornerstone of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was laid.  For over 200 years, the home of our presidents has made it through fires, structural renovations, and a constant rotation of inhabitants and decorators. 

Check out this comparison view of The White House before and after a controversial update was installed - the balcony of the South Portico. 

When President Truman arrived at the White House, awnings were used to shade the south side.  Truman believed that a balcony would add space and grace, and consulted with architects to install one.  Traditionalists cried foul, and political cartoons lampooned Truman for his choice.  Nonetheless, when the addition was completed in 1948, it was widely agreed that the  “Truman Balcony” was an improvement after all.

-from the Truman Library

What do you think of this White House renovation?