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James Hoban: Architect and Designer of the White House
When considering the design of the President’s House yet to be built in the emerging Federal City of Washington, President George Washington asked after a young Irish builder he had learned of while visiting Charleston, South Carolina. Soon James Hoban appeared in Washington’s Philadelphia office with his credentials. By 1792, Hoban was at work on the building site, having won the competition for the design of the President’s House. The resulting structure, accomplished in time for President John Adams to take residence in November 1800, fulfilled Washington’s vision and is today one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. White House Historical Association President Stewart D. McLaurin will share the story of Hoban becoming the architect and designer of the White House.

Jul 29, 2021 05:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Stewart D. McLaurin
President @White House Historical Association
Stewart D. McLaurin, as president of the White House Historical Association since 2014, leads the Association’s non-profit and non-partisan mission to support conservation and preservation at the White House with non-government funding. Under his leadership, the Association has expanded greatly in mission reach and impact; fundraising results; educational public programming and award-winning publications that teach the story of White House history; and related retail offerings inspired by history. For more than 35 years, Stewart has held leadership roles with national non-profit and higher education organizations such as the American Red Cross, Georgetown University, and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.
David Spunt
Correspondent @Fox News
David Spunt is a correspondent for Fox News covering The Department of Justice and The White House. He began his career at Fox News in 2018. Prior to his job in our nation’s capital, Spunt worked for CBS 3 in Philadelphia from 2014-2018. There, he covered stories from Pope Francis’ visit in 2015 and the Democratic National Convention in 2016. He also filed reports from The White House during President Trump’s nomination of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. Before Philadelphia, he worked at WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina from 2012-2014. In Charlotte, he covered political news including the Democratic National Convention in 2012. A native of Boston, Spunt grew up in Columbus, Ohio and is a graduate of Miami University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Journalism. Spunt loves history and ancestry, and he enjoys reporting with those subjects in mind. He resides outside Washington D.C. with his wife and daughter.