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The Octagon Museum

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Help Us Decorate the Octagon’s Holiday Tree

We invite you to help us revive the tradition of drawing rooms at the Octagon and decorating for the holidays by submitting an original, handmade ornament for our tree. Since many dreams of our founding fathers and early leaders became a reality at the Octagon, this year’s ornament theme is “Dream House.”

Qualifying submissions will be hung on this year’s tree, on display on the first floor of the Octagon.  Each submission will receive a complimentary ticket to our year-end holiday party on December 15. Ornaments will be on display until January 6, 2014, and annually thereafter.

“Dream House” Happy Hour November 21

Stuck for an idea? Come join us on November 21 for a “Dream House” Happy Hour, where you can make your own ornament. We will have all the supplies you need. Registration is required.

About the Octagon

When the British burned the White House, President and Mrs. Madison moved into one of the most beautiful homes in Washington, D.C.

A short block from the White House stands the Octagon, a National Historic treasure. One of the first great homes built in the new nation’s capital, the Octagon is a landmark of America’s architectural, political, and cultural history. Completed in 1801 for the eminent Tayloe family and 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 in the upstairs parlor that President Madison signed the Treaty of Ghent on February 17, 1815 establishing peace with Great Britain. In 1899, The American Institute of Architects chose the severely deteriorated building as its new national headquarters, initiating a series of state-of-the-art restorations.

After over two centuries of use, adaptation, renovation, and restoration, the Octagon continues to serve as a reminder of the great beauty of early American design and the lasting value of architectural excellence.

Private and group tours may be arranged outside of regular hours by submitting a request, emailing us, or calling 202-626-7439.

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