From the Grand Lodge, Free & Accepted Masons of Ohio blog. Such a momentous day for Freemasonry. ...... On this day in 1792, the cornerstone of the United States White House was laid. Brother George Washington selected the site in the previous year, 1791. Congress commissioned an Irish-born architect, James Hoban, to design the great building. Eight years later, President John Adams and his wife Abigail would move into the still unfinished residence.
In Freemasonry, the cornerstone symbolizes the individual Mason and the sacrifices of labor and time necessary to build a moral and Masonic edifice. The cornerstones of our government buildings have a deep meaning, representing a foundation of honor, reliability, and truth.