James Hoban

  • Irish

Born in 1758, Hoban studied architecture at the Dublin Society School. He emigrated from Ireland to Philadelphia in 1785, and moved two years later to South Carolina, where he is credited with the re-ordering of the former statehouse in Charleston as a county courthouse (1790-1791, restored 1999). In 1792 he won the competition for the President's House and began his long association with the public buildings in Washington. He died in 1831. - US Architect of the Capital


Timeline

Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Architect William Seabrook House Edisto Island
Architect Taft Museum of Art Cincinnati, OH
1791/00/00 Modeled after Leinster House, the seat of the Irish Parliament in Dublin, Charleston County Courthouse is completed in a Neoclassical style. James Hoban, architect of the White House may have assisted in its design. Architect Charleston County Courthouse Charleston
1792/07/00 James Hoban wins competition to design the President's House, The White House. The Central portion of White House built 1792-1800. It was planned and constructed under the personal supervision of President George Washington. Architect The White House Washington, DC
1798/09/23 Mr Hoban is made superintendent of work of construction on the United States Capitol. Hoban will design the interior of North Wing himself. Supervisor United States Capitol Washington, DC
1815/00/00 The White House's weakened walls are dismantled to the basement level on the E and W sides and on the N except for the central section. Most of the carved trimming, with scorch marks, was re-used. Almost all this was lost during the Truman rebuilding. Architect The White House Washington, DC
1822/00/00 Monroe begins construction on the main house, a two-story brick mansion in the Federal style. Designed by James Hoban, Monroe's longtime friend and political mentor, Thomas Jefferson, offered many design suggestions. Architect Oak Hill Leesburg
1824/00/00 The White House South Portico is built. Not altered during the Truman Administration's reconstruction of the building from 1948 to 1952, the original vaulted supports remain unaltered. Architect The White House Washington, DC
1830/00/00 The White House North Portico is built between 1829 and 1831. Not altered during the Truman reconstruction of the structure, the original vaulted supports remain unchanged. Architect The White House Washington, DC
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