LATROBE, Benjamin Henry
(b. 1764, Fulneck, England, d. 1820, New Orleans)

Exterior view

White House, Washington D.C.

The commission to build the White House was awarded to the Irishman James Hoban. His project borrowed heavily from a design for a country house by the English architect James Gibbs. The office of the president of the United States was therefore built in a very traditional, even old-fashioned manner - and, of course, in the style of the country's former colonial masters.

The White House owes its characteristic portico to Benjamin Latrobe. The photo shows the south side of the building.