This architect won the 1792 contest to design the White House.
James Hoban who was originally from Ireland. President George Washington had his Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson, announce the contest. Many speculated Jefferson submitted a design under the pseudonym of A.Z. However, historians now believe A.Z. was architect John Collins.
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