Thursday, April 21, 2016
TIME: Meet at WNDC at 10:15 (share cab) or at Octagon House at 10:55 am (1799 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006) Tour begins at 11:00.
PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members
EVENT TYPE: Tour & Box Lunch in the Garden
Constructed in 1801 for John Tayloe III and his wife Ann Ogle Tayloe, the Octagon House was designed by the first architect of the Capitol, William Thornton. The house was an important social center in Washington’s early years. When the British burned the White House in 1814, President Madison and his family lived in the Octagon for six months as the city rebuilt. It was here that President Madison signed the Treaty of Ghent in February 1815, formally ending the War of 1812 between Great Britain and the United States. The American Institute of Architects purchased the building in 1902 and has restored it to its early appearance. The museum currently offers exhibits on outstanding architects and the progress of historic preservation in the United States.
(Tour limited to 20 participants)