The property now known as Harry S. Truman Little White House was completed 120 years ago today. On May 24, 1890, the keys to Officers Quarters A and B in Key West were handed to Commander Winn who had overseen its construction begun only four months earlier. It was originally designed as a duplex for the Commandant and the Paymaster, but in 1911 the building was modified into the 8,700 square foot single family home that remains today. The total building cost was $7,489.
It is most well known as the retreat for President Harry Truman who visited the house 11 times for 175 days between 1946 and 1953. Presidents who have used the house in addition to Truman were William Howard Taft in 1912, Franklin Roosevelt in 1926, Dwight Eisenhower in 1955 and 1956, John Kennedy in 1961 and 1962, Jimmy Carter in 1996 and 2007 and Bill Clinton in 2005. Other notable guests include: Thomas Edison in 1918, King Hussein I of Jordan in 1972, the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1948 and again in 2000 and Secretary of State Colin Powell in 2001.