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Matthew B. Gilmore

Hadfield’s Washington


PDF version of the map click: Hadfield Map (PDF)

Above is a map designed to accompany the recently published: George Hadfield: Architect of the Federal City by Julia King.

This map locates the Washington DC sites where George Hadfield had a significant association (Arlington House is just off the edge of the map). Below is the key-the list of sites on the map with extant sites in bold.


Published: September 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4724-1274-4
ISBN Short: 9781472412744
BL Reference: 720.92
LoC Control No: 2013051036Julia King
During his lifetime, the work of architect George Hadfield (1763-1826) was highly regarded, both in England and the United States. Since his death, however, Hadfield’s contributions to architecture have slowly faded from view, and few of his buildings survive. In order to reassess Hadfield’s career and work, this book draws upon a wide selection of written and visual sources to reconstruct his life and legacy.After a general introduction, the book begins with an outline of Hadfield’s early years and moves on to look in detail at the extant major buildings in Washington, D.C. that he worked on: the Capitol, Arlington House and Old City Hall. Hadfield’s contributions to the Capitol and other Federal buildings are fully researched and assessed for the first time and Arlington House is set in context and shown to have been much more influential than has been appreciated hitherto. New material is presented on City Hall, which is another major and unjustly neglected contribution to the architecture of Washington. The complicated interlocking circles of his family and friends, his fellow architects, and his patrons and clients, including the transatlantic connections, are also explored, revealing much about the course of his career and American architecture in general.

Subsequent chapters and the Catalogue explore the other projects that Hadfield was involved with, ranging from office buildings, jails, theatres, factories and banks to a mausoleum and monuments. The book ends with a reassessment of Hadfield’s qualities and influence, arguing that these were greater than is often acknowledged. By offering explanations as to why his work was particularly admired by contemporaries, it is concluded that Hadfield’s architectural style has been influential from his own times to the present and has been disseminated throughout the United States.

Number  Site Note
16 US Capitol
17 Treasury
18 State
19 War and General Post Office
20 Navy
22 Marine Barracks 
23 Arlington House
24 Jail
25 Arsenal
26 Washington Theater
27 Washington Assembly Rooms
28 Brick and Tile-making factory not located/mapped
29 Ropewalk not located/mapped
30 Octagon House
31 Col. Tayloe’s Row now site of Willard Hotel
32 Weightman’s Row incorporated into Gadsby’s Hotel
33 Meridian Hill
34 House at F and 8th residence of George Hadfield
35 House at 7th and D
37 Way’s Row
38 Additional building for Nicholas Young
40 American Theatre
41 Branch Bank of the United States
42 Van Ness Mausoleum relocated from 9th and H Sts to Oak Hill Cemetery
43 Washington Monument
47 Kalorama
48 Mason House Analostan Island
50 Dry Dock Navy Yard
51 Commandant’s House
52 Duplex at 1202 D St
54 Glass House
55 Survey of White House grounds
57 Van Ness House stables and carriage house
58 Four elegant three-story houses on P Street south
60 Bank of Columbia
62 Holt House/Jackson Hill
65 Samuel Smallwood monument at Congressional Cemetery
Names in BOLD indicate structures still existing



Samuel Smallwood memorial in Congressional Cemetery (Feb 2014) – No. 65

Smallwood Memorial today

Samuel Smallwood memorial in Congressional Cemetery (Feb 2014)

Samuel Smallwood memorial in Congressional Cemetery (Feb 2014)




2 comments on “Hadfield’s Washington

  1. Jay
    February 27, 2015

    Nice job Matthew!!

  2. dchistorystuff
    March 12, 2015

    Reblogged this on Washington DC History Resources and commented:

    Book Signing Lecture: Julia King on George Hadfield: Architect of the Federal City
    United States Capitol Historical Society
    Society & Culture, Arts & Entertainment, History
    Date / Time
    Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015
    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

    Veterans of Foreign Wars Building
    200 Maryland Ave NE, Washington, DC (map)
    Ketchum Hall
    Speaker(s)Julia King

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