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Building the White House


Have you ever tried to build something? Were you able to bring your vision to life? In this episode, learn about the incredible story behind the creation of the White House and the architect who brought it to life. Join host Amy Miller for a story about James Hoban and his journey from Ireland to the United States to the White House. As a child, Hoban dreamed of building amazing things when he got older. His dreams came true when he immigrated to the US and met George Washington who took an immediate interest in Hoban’s architecture. And the rest? Well, you’ll just have to listen to find out more about this amazing story.

About the Host

Amy Miller is a comedian from Portland with a show called Ham Mouth on Comedy Central. Originally from the East Bay, Amy is a nationally touring festival and comedy club headliner.

About Honest History

Honest History creates award-winning books, magazines, and this show for young historians across the world. Our mission is to inspire kids to create a positive impact on history themselves. Learn more at and @honesthistory.


This episode was written by Heidi Coburn and produced by Randall Lawrence. Original theme music was written and recorded by Luke Messimer.