White, Former Architect of the Capitol, Dies

Posted June 24, 2011 at 4:03pm

Former Architect of the Capitol George White passed away last week from complications related to Parkinson’s disease, according to the AOC’s office. He was 90.

White served almost 25 years, from 1971 to 1995, overseeing the construction of the Library of Congress’ James Madison Memorial Building, the Hart Senate Office Building and the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building.

He also managed the restoration of the Old Senate Chamber, the Old Supreme Court Chamber and National Statuary Hall.

“George White had a deep love and appreciation for the Capitol Building, and during his tenure as the ninth Architect of the Capitol, he worked tirelessly to preserve it and the history it contains,” AOC Stephen Ayers said in a statement sent to his staff. “His knowledge of the Capitol and the Grounds was extensive, and he used his vast experience to ensure that the work completed during his tenure would enhance and preserve the Capitol campus for future generations.”

The son of an architect, White was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1920.

He served as vice president of the American Institute of Architects before being appointed as the AOC by President Richard Nixon, on Jan. 27, 1971.

“Among his many qualities was his love of reading and language, his commitment to tradition and preserving the architectural elements of the Capitol, his hands-on management of projects, and his boundless energy — he was often seen taking the steps from his office to the Crypt two at a time,” Ayers wrote. “And, it goes without saying, he will be fondly remembered for his love of plaid sports coats and for his signature bow tie.”