Happy anniversary, cornerstone

Photo courtesy of
‘NMAI South Facade’
courtesy of ‘Mr. T in DC’

I just noticed a mention on twitter that the cornerstone for the White House was laid on October 13, 1792: 217 years ago today. It would take another eight years before it was completed and one of our presidents would move in.

The facts I’ve found in my searches about the cornerstone have included a lot of interesting information (the stone and the foundation were largely built by slaves and freed slaves) and even an article about this anniversary on Politico. But no pictures of the cornerstone. Any of you history or architecture buffs know where on the building it is? Is it visible to the general public? At all? There was no big ceremony, so does the stone lack other adornment?

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


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