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The White House

 When the new Federal Government held a contest to chose a design for the Executive Mansion, the winner having their choice between $500.00 or a gold medal, they chose a design based on the Duke of Lienster's Mansion in Dublin redesigned by Irish Immigrant by way of Charleston North Carolina, named James Hoban.(He chose the gold medal for his prize and beat out another contender for the award, President Thomas Jefferson who entered his rendition under another name) Hoban went on to design many other Washington Landmarks and also served on the city council from 1820 until his death in 1831.