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Hoban to the Federal City Commission (Part I)

This letter was written by James Hoban, designer and architect of the White House, to the Commissioners of the Federal City on November 3, 1792. The letter outlines Hoban's initial material requests for construction of the President's House. Hoban also suggests hiring stonecutters from Ireland, his home country, that he was familiar with. Following President George Washington's wish, the President's House would be a house of stone. With the materials and design in place, this letter marks the beginning of construction on Hoban's grand design. Please see image 1113613 for part II.
James Hoban
Date of Work
November 3, 1792
White House Historical Association/NARA