James Hoban, Public Architect and Developer. Architect of the White House.

Title

James Hoban, Public Architect and Developer. Architect of the White House.

Description

"Do nothing- Or, take history into our own hands and like few generations are given the chance, bend it, bend it in the service of a better day."  - Joseph R. Biden Jr., Former Vice President of the United States

The rich sandstone walls of the White House were built in the last decade of the eighteenth century and except for major repair in 1814-1817 remain largely as they were built. James Hoban is celebrated for contributions to the early growth and development of Washington, D.C., as architect, builder, and mason, captain of a militia company, city councilman and civic leader. Hoban was also a successful real estate developer and initiated a private fund to employ schoolteachers, raise a volunteer fire brigade, and assist Irish construction workers in need.

President Washington sought out Hoban, conferred with him, and quickly selected the architect’s proposed design for the President’s House in July 1792. Although time, and occupants with different needs, have altered the White House in many ways, the White House image famous throughout the world is Hoban's entirely.

Creator

James Womer: Poster;

John Christian Rauschner: Portrait

Date

1981: Poster
c. 1800: Portrait

Source

White House History & Wikimedia

Relation

Rights

The White House

Publisher

The White House

Contributor

James Womer & John Christian Rauschner

Format

Medium: Poster & Mixed Media

Language

English

Type

Public Architecture

Identifier

Architecture

Coverage

Washington D.C.

Files

james-hoban-01-06.jpg
James_Hoban_circa_1800_-_Crop.jpg

Reference

James Womer: Poster;, James Hoban, Public Architect and Developer. Architect of the White House., The White House, 1981: Poster

Cite As

James Womer: Poster; and John Christian Rauschner: Portrait, “James Hoban, Public Architect and Developer. Architect of the White House.,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed October 1, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/6.