|First Posted: July 24, 2012|
Jan 31, 2015
George Hadfield (1763-February 6, 1826) was born in Livorno, Italy of English parents, who were hotel-keepers. He studied at the Royal Academy, and worked with James Wyatt for six years before emigrating to the United States.
He was appointed superintendent of the United States Capitol's construction on Oct. 15, 1795, and continued in that position until June 1798, resigning after an argument with William Thornton. He is credited with part of the design of the original Capitol building such as the north wing, but little of the related papers remain. He is buried in Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C.List of Works
Treasury Department, 1800, Navy Department, 1800, Washington Jail, 1801, Marine Corps Commandant's House, 1801-1805, Arlington House (Custis-Lee Mansion), 1818, District of Columbia City Hall, and Van Ness Mausoleum. There are other works. However they are not easily identified, since they are not in the Greek Revival style. For example, Hadfield is credited with alterations to The Octagon House. He also worked on the Capitol Building.