Harry S. Truman Little White House
Backstory and Context
This building was constructed in 1890 for use by the United States Navy. The building incorporates elements of West Indian architecture, as well as design features of the late Victorian era. Though changes have been made to the residence over the years, many of the original elements from 1890 remain. Harry Truman first began to use this residence in 1946. During this period of post-war history, as well as the beginning of the Cold War, the President's need for respite brought him to Key West.
The stress of the presidency, combined with the development of a habitual cold in 1946, led Truman's doctor to recommend that he depart on a warm weather vacation. Truman immediately fell in love with Key West and the climate. Truman's first visit in 1946 led to a total of eleven visits and working vacations at this residence through the remainder of his term in office.
"WELCOME TO The Harry S. Truman Little White House." Key West Museums. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Feb. 2015. "Harry S. Truman Little White House Restoration Phase Ii." President Harry S Truman History Museum Restoration Phase II. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2015.
Truman's Little White House, National Park Service US Department of Interior . Accessed April 23rd 2020. https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/presidents/trumans_little_white_house.html.