Statement About Repair of the Executive Offices.
IT IS our intention to repair the present executive offices, making them as fully fireproof as possible. This can be accomplished in 2 or 3 months.
A number of Members of Congress and others have suggested that a new and more imposing executive office should be erected on some offer site. That is a matter that would require 2 or 3 years for the development of thought and design. The present offices will serve all purposes for the next few years, and I am much more anxious to expedite the erection of the departmental buildings, which are so urgently needed. The time will undoubtedly come when a larger and more dignified executive office should be erected.
Note: A fire on Christmas eve, 1929, did extensive damage to the executive office wing. See 1929 volume, Item 328.
Herbert Hoover, Statement About Repair of the Executive Offices. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/211512