Courtyard Plan, by Stephen Hallet, Ink, Watercolor and Graphite on Paper, ca. 1794
Soon after construction of the wings began, architect Stephen Hallet attempted to revise the accepted plan of the center portion to include an open-air courtyard instead of a domed rotunda. Before President George Washington or the Commissioners of the Federal City could review the revised plan, Hallet began laying its foundations, which caused his prompt dismissal for insubordination.
Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress