profane but enlightened

White House Model a Masonic Lodge


In 2006 article, “White House design based on Ireland’s first Masonic lodge building,” reveals architectural design for the White House came as a result of a $500 contest.   “The first public building to be erected in Washington, D.C., was The White House, originally called ‘the President’s House.’  A competition was held in 1790 to find a suitable design for a presidential mansion. A prize of $500 would be awarded to the winning architect. Hundreds of hopeful American architects submitted designs. Even Thomas Jefferson submitted a design, anonymously. But the $500 award went to a young Irish immigrant, James Hoban,” informs article.  Freemason Hoban based his design on the Leinster House (picture) in Dublin, the first Masonic Lodge in Ireland.


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