Truman’s Proposed Extension to the West Wing Didn’t Happen

I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but the extension proposed by Harry Truman was never built. He was annoyed by the rejection, so he instead, went ahead with the Truman Balcony on the south side of the building.

Truman's proposed West Wing expansion
Truman’s proposed West Wing expansion

Source: The White House Museum

 

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