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White House Alternative Designs
August 11, 2021
Location: Washington, D.C., USA
What the White House could have looked like
Five rejected White House designs that were never built, brought to life
Never-seen-before alternative White House designs revealed
Few buildings match the iconic status held by The White House.
Alternative White House Designs
With its pristine white porticos and hallowed oval office, The White House is one of the most famous buildings in the world, instantly recognised around the globe as the home of politics and power.
But it could have looked very different: the design of the White House was chosen in a prestigious public design competition, and the plans for some of these designs have until recently been publicly unavailable.
The competition briefed designers to create a presidential mansion to rival the lavish palaces of Europe. The architects pulled out all the stops in order to have their vision for The White House built and their own spot in the history books cemented.
While James Hoban’s White House reigns supreme, HouseFresh set out to unearth the previously unseen competition entries, collaborating with The Maryland Center for History and Culture to create a series of digital renders, bringing the original designs to life.
Here’s a peak at how the White House would of looked, had Thomas Jefferson’s design been chosen:
Alternative White House Design Images
Static images of the White House, from aerial and front facing view:
-Rendered images of Thomas Jefferson’s White House design, from aerial and front facing view
-Rendered images of Philip Hart’s White House design, from aerial and front facing view
-Rendered images of Andrew Mayfield’s White House design, from aerial and front facing view
-Rendered images of Jacob Small’s White House design, from aerial and front facing view
-Rendered images of James Diamond’s White House design, from aerial and front facing view
All original plans are provided courtesy of the Maryland Center for History and Culture.
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Johan, D. (2020) How the US Capitol’s Design Was Chosen by Public Competition.
Research and Final Designs:
Further design sketches along with metadata can be found here: https://bit.ly/originalWHsketches
The original source of the content: https://housefresh.com/what-the-white-house-could-have-looked-like/
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