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The White House Is Being Renovated And The Oval Office Is Empty

Here are some rare, behind-the-scenes photos from the White House under construction.

Posted on August 11, 2017, at 2:27 p.m. ET

The White House is undergoing renovations this month.

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Which means, while President Donald Trump has been vacationing/working/golfing/tweeting at his club in Bedminster, New Jersey...

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...construction crews have been at work on the grounds, installing a new granite curb in front of the West Wing...

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...and preparing to put in some new carpets.

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The Government Services Administration is overseeing the renovation, which includes a replacement of the 27-year-old heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.

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And crews have packed up and stored furniture from all over the building for safekeeping...

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...including this desk with panic button capabilities.

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There are even cranes in the Rose Garden.

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The Oval Office periodically undergoes changes to its carpet, couches, drapes, and wallpaper to suit each president's personal tastes. For context, here's how the office looked in 2010:

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But this week, it sits empty of all furniture, carpeting, and decor as the major work is done.

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On Friday, some photographers were permitted to document the space in its rare moment of emptiness.

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The oak and walnut hardwood floor was laid bare.

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A rare sight.

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It's hypnotic, really.

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Even Sean Spicer snapped a photo.

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Trump will be briefly interrupting his vacation to make a quick stop back in DC on Monday, according to an updated presidential schedule viewed by Politico.

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