The Octagon House and Museum is located in Washington, DC at 18th St and New York Ave, NW and it is the oldest museum in the US dedicated to architecture and design. The building was designed by Dr. William Thorton (who also designed the U.S. Capitol) and is an example of Federal period architecture. The Octagon House has a place in presidential history where it served as the temporary residence of President Madison after the British burned the White House.
The house had extensive restoration work from 1989 to 1995 and again from 2005-2009. It is open for self-guided audio tours Tuesday-Thursday from 2-4 PM. The museum is just 15 minutes walking distance from our bed and breakfast Washington DC.
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