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Octagon Museum

1799 New York Ave Northwest, Washington DC, DC 20006
202 638 3105
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Ranked #182 of 249 attractions in Washington DC
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Home of the American Architectural Foundation. Next door, at the AIA, is the best architectural bookstore that I have ever been in.

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