In early November, Harry S. Truman’s little white house in the Florida Keys began restoring its historic roof. The Truman Little White House, the only presidential museum in the state of Florida, was last replaced more than 100 years ago in 1911. This roof was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma. During the Florida Legislative Session in 2019, Representative Holly Raschein and Senator Anitere Flores endorsed a request from the Harry S. Truman Foundation of Key West to replace the roof and secure associated moisture issues.
Florida law included the proposal in the final budget, which was then submitted to and signed by Governor Ron DeSantis. The final amount totaled $ 339,000 to help maintain the Little White House. The contractor doing the first part of the project is A Plus Roofing, which has done many historic renovations including St Paul’s Church and most recently the southernmost house. The roof section of the project should be completed in around four to five weeks.
Harry S. Truman’s Little White House in Key West, FL (Photo: Getty Images)
Originally owned by the Navy in 1890, the Little White House was known as Quartier A & B, which housed the purser and commandant of the naval base. The house was converted into a single-family home for first-class military brass in 1911 and is known as “District A”. Most notably, Harry Truman spent 175 days of his presidency ruling the country from Key West, FL. Today the house contains 80% to 90% of the original Truman artifacts.
As the only Presidential Museum in the state of Florida, Harry S. Truman’s Little White House is committed to providing programs to visitors and the Key West community about Truman’s legacy and the democratic process in the United States. The Harry S. Truman Foundation in Key West is a non-profit organization. Special events with local artists painting on the artifacts that are over 100 years old are in the works. A fundraising campaign with the historic roof shingles is also planned.