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1799 New York Ave.
Museum of the American Architectural Foundation
A.A.M. Accredited; Affiliated with I.C.A.M., M.A.A.M., W.A.A.G.,
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Admission: $2 ($1 students/seniors)
Statement of Purpose
When the British burned the
White House, President and Mrs. Madison moved into one of the most
in Washington, D.C.
A short block
from the White House stands the Octagon, a National Historic
One of the first great homes built in the new nation’s capital,
Octagon is a landmark of America’s architectural, political, and
cultural history. Completed in 1801 for the eminent Tayloe
designed by William Thornton, the original architect of the U.S.
Capitol, the Octagon is one of the most significant and elegant
buildings to remain standing from the early federal city. It was
upstairs parlor that President Madison signed the Treaty of
February 17, 1815 establishing peace with Great Britain. In
American Institute of Architects chose the severely deteriorated
as its new national headquarters, initiating a series of
centuries of use, adaptation, renovation, and restoration, the
continues to serve as a reminder of the great beauty of early
design and the lasting value of architectural excellence.
Restorations of many old buildings include updating the
plumbing, water pipes, and the heating and water systems, as well as restoring the facade of the building.
The Octagon is the oldest
Architecture Museum in the country. Its programs focus on
Design, Restoration and Preservation issues for the general public
A view of The Octagon
in its present urban landscape
- The Octagon Permanent Collection of Decorative Art Objects
- Decorative art objects of the early 19th century, case study
restoration of historical house, White House during the war of
- Prints and Drawings Collection
Architectural drawings, historical photographs, sketchbooks,
about the practice of architecture. Special colletions include:
by Richard Morris Hunt, Henry Bacon, Greene and Greene, Bertram
Goodhue, Mickim Mead & White, Hugh Stubbins Clarence, Hunt
Hunt, and others.
Highlihts, Exhibits & Events
- Tours and Special Events
Educational programs include tours
of the historical house period rooms, hard hat tours of
areas, exterior site walking tours. In conjunction with
programes include: Lectures; Symposia; Family Activities;
Talks; Tours; and Special Events.
- Thomas Jefferson's Academical Village: The Creation of an
Exhibition examines Jefferson's greatest architectural legacy,
designs for the university of VA. Late Jan-May related
- Grandeur, Simplicity & Convenience: The United States
Reproduction exhibition documenting the architectural history
of the US
- Washington DC History and Material Culture Issues
The Octagon focuses its efforts on the federal period -
- Architecture and Design Studies
CEO: Nancy Davis, Director
Sherry Birk, Curator of Prints and Drawings
Linnea Hamer, Curator of Exhibitions
Charlotte Kroll, Administrative Manager
Suzanne Rosenblum, Curator of Education
Dining Room of the Octagon
The table has been set for a fancy 19th century dinner party.
Special Hard Hat Tour
Special tours examine the details of this state-of-the-art
Recent installation in the Octagon's newly restored 2nd floor
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