The First Lady of the U.S., Jacqueline Kennedy, conducted a rare tour of the White House for a television audience. Did you know that when the White House was totally gutted, fitted with an interior steel superstructure, and reconstructed (1949-52), the work was supervised by the famed builder John McShain, a former student at La Salle College High School in Philadelphia?

Carl Brauer, The Man Who Built Washington: A Life of John McShain (Wilmington, DE: Hagley Museum and Library, 1996), pp. 106-129. See also: