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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.

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The White House is undergoing renovations this month.

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...

...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.

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.

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:

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.

The oak and walnut hardwood floor was laid bare.

A rare sight.

It's hypnotic, really.

Even Sean Spicer snapped a photo.

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.

Cora Lewis is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Cora Lewis at cora.lewis@buzzfeed.com.

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