One of the most admired works in the world is the White House. George Washington, the president of American at that time had held a contest in order to select the plan of the president’s house, and the winner of the contest had been James Hoban an Irish-born. There had been a number of wonderful plans that had taken part in the competition and even Thomas Jefferson who had later been a president in America had presented his idea too. And the HouseFresh had brought some of the wonderful rejected ideas of the White House to digital form so that people can see them. Let’s have a look at some rejected plans.More info: housefresh.com | Instagram | twitter.com
#1 Plan of Jefferson that was rejected.
He had been the Secretary of State at that time and had been a close administrator of the competition. Also, he is an architect and an enthusiast of classical European design. The experts had attributed him a losing entry that had been labeled as Abraham Faws. and the real Faws had submitted his own entry and Jefferson’s design which was given anonymously was later attributed to Faws due to clerical error. Later in 1801 Jefferson had come to the White House being the president and had described the mansion as big enough for two emperors, one pope, and the Grand Lama. also he had expanded it and added colonnades and some other features giving it the look that it has today.
#3 Plan of Philip Hart
Hart is an architect and more likely a professional builder. He had submitted plans for both the White House and Capitol. The plan for White House he had given echoes his vaguely absurd Capitol sketches. The faux-renaissance style and the foreshortened top had lacked the style and sophistication that they wanted from a building that should look beyond the present in size, form, and elegance.
#5 Plan of Andrew Mayfield
He had been a linguistic and former British soldier and a teacher. And the design he had presented had reflected the pre-Revolutionary war architecture, characterized by America’s colonial period of Georgian, English-style buildings. The judges had not been fine with the design and as per Hugh Howard, an architectural historian his design was a gentleman amateur. And this work which was rejected might have been the first building that was designed by him.
#7 Plan of Jacob Small
He had given 4 entries to the contest. It was said by Author Patrick Phillips-Schrock that the design given by Small has been inspired by some other iconic buildings Mount Vernon and the plantation state house of Washington and the Maryland State House in Annapolis that were created at that time.
#9 Plan of James Diamond
He is an architect and a builder from Ireland and his plan is set around a rectangular court. Also, he had noted that the Open court could be changed into a picture gallery and lighted from the top which would have a great effect. He had included elements like ionic columns and window frames covered with pediments. But the staircases were not properly positions.
#11 Aerial view of how it ended looking
#12 Front view of the Actual White House
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