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Unsung Irish : James Hoban January 2, 2007

Posted by Rambling Man in The Unsung Irish.

James Hoban from Callan in Co.Kilkenny was the Irish born architect who designed and supervised the building of the White House, in Washington D.C. He also had a hand in supervising the building of the Capitol building on Capitol Hill, amongst other famous landmarks.

Having studied in Dublin he emigrated with his wife and children and lived most of his adult life near the White House. Not many people would know that the design for the presidential residence in Washington was based on Leinster House in Dublin and it was from here and from ideas born in the Royal Dublin Society’s Drawing School that Hoban got his inspiration.

The Kilkenny man was also believed to have been a confidant of George Washington himself (among other presidents) and this is said to have given him an advantage in winning the competition to design the White House.

Hoban died in Washington D.C. on December 8th, 1831. By way of commemoration, Ireland and the USA issued stamps bearning his likeness in 1980.

James Hoban – Desart, Callan, Co.Kilkenny – Designer of the White House.

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