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Address: 1799 New York Ave Northwest, Washington DC, DC 20006
Phone Number: 202 638 3105
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Thu - Fri 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: The Octagon Museum was built between 1798-1800 by John Tayloe at the...
The Octagon Museum was built between 1798-1800 by John Tayloe at the suggestion of George Washington. In 1814, the house was offered to President Madison as temporary quarters after the White House was burned in the War of 1812. The Treaty of Ghent was signed there, thus ending the war.
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Beautiful Old House

Built when the 18th merged into the 19th century, the Octagon House is the oldest still standing in Washington, DC. It housed President and Mrs. Madison during the War of 1812... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
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Alexandria, VA
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Alexandria, VA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Built when the 18th merged into the 19th century, the Octagon House is the oldest still standing in Washington, DC. It housed President and Mrs. Madison during the War of 1812, driven from the White House by the torches of the British. The American Institute of Architects have taken the lead on restoring the house with rooms on three floors... More 

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Kenton, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Got to walk around it and take some pictures. Was recommended to me to see by someone who works in DC. They didn't know it was only open on certain days of the week. Would like to see it on the inside next time i'm there since it was a presidents home at one time.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The oldest remaining building in DC. Over it's long history the building has had many functions: Government Offices, temporary Presidential home, tenement and the list goes on. Given it's age and various functions it's in remarkable good condition, with lots of work yet to be done. Near the entrance of each doorway in the house you will find a laminated... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Run by the American Institute of Architects. Madison lived there during the War of 1812 when the White House got burned. Besides the unusual shape, it has some interesting features like back halls and stairs used by servants. If you're in the area of Corcoran, DAR and Dept of Interior anyway, might as well drop in.

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