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Octagon House Museum, The   (circa 1800)
1799 New York Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20006
202-638-3221
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Designed by Dr. William Thornton, the architect of the U.S. Capitol; for Colonel John Tayloe, a wealthy Virginian plantation owner; the three-story, brick Octagon House was used temporarily by President and Mrs. Madison as the "Executive Mansion" after the burning of the White House by the British. Madison signed the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the War of 1812, here.

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