Octagon, The

Also known as: Colonel John Tayloe House
1799 New York Ave., NW, Washington, District of Columbia

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Description 

Excellent and innovative example of Federal style domestic architecture. Served as Executive Mansion for a year after the British burned the White House in 1814. Treaty of Ghent signed in circular room on second floor. Designed by Thornton, original designer of the U.S. Capitol. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS DC-25)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000863
Architectural style
Victorian: Octagon Mode
Areas of significance
Military; Politics/Government; Architecture
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Building
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Museum
Periods of significance
1800-1824; 1750-1799
Significant years
1799; 1800; 1814

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