KEY WEST, Fla. — The owner of a company that specializes in renovating historic buildings submitted the winning bid of $17.25 million today for President Harry Truman's old winter White House.
The bid on the 103-acre parcel was submitted by Pritam Singh, owner of the Great Bay Co., which operates out of Portland, Me., and Boston.
The property, which the government no longer needs, also was a Union outpost during the Civil War and a sick bay for former President Dwight D. Eisenhower. It includes parts of the old Navy base called the Truman Annex, the old Coast Guard station and 55-acre Turk Island.
The bidding, in a cavernous brick playhouse on the grounds, opened at $5 million and ended 45 minutes later with Singh's final bid.