THE NATION: Raising Up & Tearing Down

There were two things to be done: either tear down the White House and start anew, or save the shell and rebuild the foundations and interior. Tearing it down entirely would have saved perhaps 10% of the bill, but even the most tight-fisted Congressman found a little sentiment stirring in his breast at so crass a thought. Last week a congressional committee approved plans for the spending of $5,400,000 to restore 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in a way destined to make the White House survive in all its classic glory for another 300...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!