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Hallet, Étienne Sulpice

Étienne Sulpice Hallet (ātyĕn´ sülpēs´ älā´), 1755–1825, French architect. He emigrated c.1789 to the United States, where he became known as Stephen Hallet. Before the opening of the public competition for the design of the Capitol, at Washington, D.C., Hallet had submitted designs to Thomas Jefferson, then Secretary of State. His plan consisted of a monumental central dome with flanking wings, and he was encouraged to go on with the project. In 1793, however, the design submitted by William Thornton was approved and adopted by the President, who, in justice to Hallet, retained him as supervisor of the execution of Thornton's plans. When, however, Hallet attempted to introduce some alterations in Thornton's design, he was dismissed from the post.

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Hallet, Étienne-Sulpice

Hallet, Étienne-Sulpice, also called Stephen (c.1760–1825). French architect, he settled in the USA from 1786, and from 1793 supervised the building of the Capitol in Washington, DC, to Thornton's designs, which he modified slightly in building, but was dismissed in 1794 and succeeded by Hadfield.

Bibliography

Art Studies, i (1923), 76–92;
G. Brown (1970);
Dictionary of American Biography (1932);
Padover (ed.) (1946)

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