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Hadfield, George

Hadfield, George (1763–1826). English architect. Born in Italy, he became a pupil of James Wyatt, and in 1795 settled in the USA to superintend the building of the Capitol in Washington, DC, in succession to Hallet, but was dismissed in 1798, having fought a losing battle against the ignorance and incompetence of the officials and workmen. He designed several Neo-Classical buildings in Washington, including City Hall (1820–6—now the District of Columbia Court House), the unfluted Paestum Doric portico of the Custis-Lee Mansion, Arlington (1818), the Assembly Rooms (1822), and the J. P. van Ness mausoleum, Oak Hill Cemetery, Georgetown (1826). With Godefroy and Latrobe, he can be credited with introducing the Greek Revival to the USA.

Bibliography

Colvin (1995);
Goode (1979);
Maddex (1973);
Reiff (1977);
Whiffen & and Koeper (1983)

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