The Octagon

Interesting
Now owned by the American Arcfhitecural Foundation, The Octagon ranks as the oldest museum in the US dedicated to architecture and design, and one of America's best examples of Federal-period architecture. The house was built by Dr. William Thornton, the first architect of the US Capitol. The lot was triangluar, the house is six-sided and it's named after an eight-sided figure. The house was designed and built for Colonel John Tayloe and was used as the family's winter residence from 1801 until 1817, when they moved there permanently.

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Address:

1799 New York Ave. NW, 20006 Washington

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