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Stone from Foundation of the White House
ca. 1792
Unidentified
USA
stone
overall: 3-3/4"h x 7"w x 8-1/4"d in; cm x cm x cm
Loaned by the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts
GL2004.0146

Rectangular foundation stone with marks made by the stonemason.


This stone, removed from the White House's foundation during a post-World War II renovation, bears a stonemason's mark in the upper right corner. The U.S. Government contracted Scottish stonemasons to come to America to build the executive mansion. Workers completed the mansion in 1800, only to see it burned during the War of 1812. In 1952, President (and Mason) Harry S. Truman sent this stone, along with an accompanying letter (GL2004.0147), to the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. See Hamilton, John D., "Material Culture of the American Freemasons", 1994, p.68