Academic Year 2010-2011

Event Title

The White House Architect: James Hoban and Transatlantic Identity

Disciplines

Architectural History and Criticism

Description

James Hoban was born in 1758 in humble circumstances in Ireland, but with the support of a rich local benefactor was able to study architecture. He emigrated to America and established himself as an architect. In 1792, Hoban won the competition to design the new presidential mansion in Washington, D.C. This lecture discussed the transatlantic influences that are evident in his design for the most recognizable building in the United States and an enduring symbol of the Republic.

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The White House Architect: James Hoban and Transatlantic Identity

James Hoban was born in 1758 in humble circumstances in Ireland, but with the support of a rich local benefactor was able to study architecture. He emigrated to America and established himself as an architect. In 1792, Hoban won the competition to design the new presidential mansion in Washington, D.C. This lecture discussed the transatlantic influences that are evident in his design for the most recognizable building in the United States and an enduring symbol of the Republic.