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Foggy Bottom in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Octagon

 
 
The Octagon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, February 12, 2011
1. The Octagon Marker
Inscription.
Built between 1799 and 1802
by Colonel John Tayloe III (1771-1828)
and his wife Ann Ogle Tayloe (1772-1855)

Dr. William Thornton (1759-1828)
Architect

Occupied by President and Mrs. Madison
from August 1814 to March 1815
after the burning of the White House
by the British during the War of 1812

The Treaty of Ghent
ending the War of 1812
was ratified here by President Madison
on February 15, 1815

Headquarters of
the American Institute of Architects
from 1898-1949

Designated a National Historic
Landmark in 1960

 
Erected by The Octagon Museum.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 38° 53.779′ N, 77° 2.476′ W. Marker is in Foggy Bottom, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on New York Ave, NW east of 18th Street, NW, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is on the brick wall connecting the Octagon Museum and the American Institute of Architects - along the abbreviated (one block) extension of "New York Avenue" southwest of the White House complex, corresponding to the westbound leg of E Street, NW. Marker
The Octagon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, February 12, 2011
2. The Octagon Marker
is at or near this postal address: 1799 New York Ave. NW, Washington DC 20006, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Peace at Last! (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. John A. Rawlins Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The American Red Cross - Harvard Field Hospital Unit (about 600 feet away); National Headquarters, American Red Cross (about 600 feet away); Winder Building (about 700 feet away); First Division War Memorial (about 700 feet away); Constitution Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); NSDAR Founders Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Foggy Bottom.
 
Also see . . .  American Institute of Architects. (Submitted on February 13, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Octagon House; American Architectural Foundation.
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsPoliticsWar of 1812
 
The Octagon image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, February 12, 2011
3. The Octagon
The Octagon image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 22, 2015
4. The Octagon
Rear View
To the casual observer, the Octagon is hexagonal.
The Ice House at the Octagon image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 22, 2015
5. The Ice House at the Octagon
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 697 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   4, 5. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on March 4, 2017.
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