The Octagon Museum

The Octagon Museum As the museum of the Architects Foundation, we educate on the value architects and architecture bring to culture. Temporary White House (1814 -15), AIA HQ (1898-1970), and one of the US's first preservation projects.

Completed in 1801 for John Tayloe III of Mount Airy, VA and his wife Ann Ogle Tayloe, 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. The Octagon served as the temporary White House for the Madisons after the British burned Washington in 1814 during the War

Completed in 1801 for John Tayloe III of Mount Airy, VA and his wife Ann Ogle Tayloe, 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. The Octagon served as the temporary White House for the Madisons after the British burned Washington in 1814 during the War

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Join us for a virtual panel on September 9 to learn more about the "La Raza Interactive Experience," a 2020 CODAawards a...
08/30/2021

Join us for a virtual panel on September 9 to learn more about the "La Raza Interactive Experience," a 2020 CODAawards awardee featured in our virtual CODAworx exhibition. Hear from architect Susan Narduli, The Autry Museum EVP Amy Scott, and photojournalist Luis C. Garza about the origins, production process, and impact of the project, which brought 25,000 archival photos of the Chicano magazine to visitors in a unique, user-friendly way.

Tix are free; $15 giveaway entry. Link in bio!

AIA members: Pending AIA Continuing Education credits; please provide member ID upon signup.

https://architectsfoundation.networkforgood.com/events/33415-codaworx-and-the-architects-foundation-present-la-raza

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From 1967 to 1977 La Raza newspaper provided a voice to the Chicano Rights movement as it unfolded across Los Angeles. More than 25,000 images captured by the La Raza photographers bear witness to this struggle for social justice. Most had never been seen.

As part of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, Narduli Studio was commissioned to bring the images to life in an interactive experience for the Autry Museum’s La Raza Exhibition, visualizing the vast archive, as well as developing a practical system for navigation and research. The La Raza Interactive Experience brings the viewer into that time to understand the significance of this work in an evolving Chicano movement and the importance of these citizen-journalists within the culture of 1960s-1970s Los Angeles and mainstream media.

Narduli Studio imagined the archive as a living ecosystem and the digital interactive as a neural universe – where the long-term memory effectively acts as a dynamic knowledge base similar to the human neural system. It places the viewer within the broader context of the Chicano Movement during this moment in history and brings a nuanced and tangible understanding of its relevance to personal expression, politics and culture.

Join us for a virtual panel on September 9 to learn more about the "La Raza Interactive Experience," a 2020 CODAawards awardee featured in our virtual CODAworx exhibition. Hear from architect Susan Narduli, The Autry Museum EVP Amy Scott, and photojournalist Luis C. Garza about the origins, production process, and impact of the project, which brought 25,000 archival photos of the Chicano magazine to visitors in a unique, user-friendly way.

Tix are free; $15 giveaway entry. Link in bio!

AIA members: Pending AIA Continuing Education credits; please provide member ID upon signup.

https://architectsfoundation.networkforgood.com/events/33415-codaworx-and-the-architects-foundation-present-la-raza

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From 1967 to 1977 La Raza newspaper provided a voice to the Chicano Rights movement as it unfolded across Los Angeles. More than 25,000 images captured by the La Raza photographers bear witness to this struggle for social justice. Most had never been seen.

As part of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, Narduli Studio was commissioned to bring the images to life in an interactive experience for the Autry Museum’s La Raza Exhibition, visualizing the vast archive, as well as developing a practical system for navigation and research. The La Raza Interactive Experience brings the viewer into that time to understand the significance of this work in an evolving Chicano movement and the importance of these citizen-journalists within the culture of 1960s-1970s Los Angeles and mainstream media.

Narduli Studio imagined the archive as a living ecosystem and the digital interactive as a neural universe – where the long-term memory effectively acts as a dynamic knowledge base similar to the human neural system. It places the viewer within the broader context of the Chicano Movement during this moment in history and brings a nuanced and tangible understanding of its relevance to personal expression, politics and culture.

Happy Thursday! Here’s a Treaty Rose for your timeline 💛
07/22/2021

Happy Thursday! Here’s a Treaty Rose for your timeline 💛

Happy Thursday! Here’s a Treaty Rose for your timeline 💛

Register for our next CODAworx exhibit webinar! 📣 The Journey - July 27 5pm ET. Free tix via: https://architectsfoundati...
07/19/2021

Register for our next CODAworx exhibit webinar! 📣 The Journey - July 27 5pm ET. Free tix via: https://architectsfoundation.networkforgood.com/events/31954-codaworx-and-architects-foundation-present-the-journey

The internationally acclaimed CODAawards celebrate the projects that most successfully integrate commissioned art into interior, architectural, or public spaces.

Join us on July 27 to learn more about "The Journey" project for Graduate Columbus, a 2020 CODAawards awardee winning the "public spaces" category and featured in the Architects Foundation's virtual exhibition.

Tickets to the panel are free; $15 tickets will permit additional entry into a giveaway for various prizes. This course is eligible for review for AIA Continuing Education credits; please provide member ID upon signup.

Register for our next CODAworx exhibit webinar! 📣 The Journey - July 27 5pm ET. Free tix via: https://architectsfoundation.networkforgood.com/events/31954-codaworx-and-architects-foundation-present-the-journey

The internationally acclaimed CODAawards celebrate the projects that most successfully integrate commissioned art into interior, architectural, or public spaces.

Join us on July 27 to learn more about "The Journey" project for Graduate Columbus, a 2020 CODAawards awardee winning the "public spaces" category and featured in the Architects Foundation's virtual exhibition.

Tickets to the panel are free; $15 tickets will permit additional entry into a giveaway for various prizes. This course is eligible for review for AIA Continuing Education credits; please provide member ID upon signup.

June 30 at 5pm ET: Register today to hear the creators of “I Was Here” talk about the CODAworx award-winning project and...
06/28/2021

June 30 at 5pm ET: Register today to hear the creators of “I Was Here” talk about the CODAworx award-winning project and their vision to reshape the American commemorative landscape. Free reg; 1 LU for AIA members! https://architectsfoundation.networkforgood.com/events/30675-codaworx-x-architects-foundation-present-i-was-here Architects Foundation

June 30 at 5pm ET: Register today to hear the creators of “I Was Here” talk about the CODAworx award-winning project and their vision to reshape the American commemorative landscape. Free reg; 1 LU for AIA members! https://architectsfoundation.networkforgood.com/events/30675-codaworx-x-architects-foundation-present-i-was-here Architects Foundation

Check out this project today, part of our current virtual exhibition! https://architectsfoundation.org/what-we-do/curren...
05/27/2021
MASSIVart featured in Octagon Museum’s digital exhibition for the 2020 CODAaward winners! | MASSIVart

Check out this project today, part of our current virtual exhibition! https://architectsfoundation.org/what-we-do/current-exhibition-codaawards/

MASSIVart is delighted to be showcased in this year’s digital exhibition hosted by the museum of the Architects Foundation for the Suite 1742 John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Bed-In For Peace project in collaboration with The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth and Sid Lee Architecture.   On May 26th 1969, John...

We are back with a new exhibit! Now available through September: View our online exhibition on the CODAworx CODAawards: ...
05/18/2021

We are back with a new exhibit! Now available through September: View our online exhibition on the CODAworx CODAawards: https://architectsfoundation.org/what-we-do/current-exhibition-codaawards/

The internationally acclaimed CODAawards celebrate the projects that most successfully integrate commissioned art into interior, architectural, or public spaces. Commissioned Art Matters – and the CODAawards celebrate this. The CODAawards program honors the individuals and the teams whose collective imaginations create the public and private spaces that inspire us every day.

The Octagon has hosted the CODAawards exhibit in 2017 and 2019. While The Octagon remains closed the public due to the COVID-19 crisis, the CODAawards exhibition will be hosted on the Architects Foundation website May – September 2021.

The Architects Foundation will be hosting events with awardees throughout the summer of 2021. Follow us to stay tuned!

12/14/2020

As the museum of the Architects Foundation, we are excited to promote Architecture for Change, which is an online auction of architectural works with submissions from more than 70 architects, designers and studios. Proceeds fund the Architects Foundation’s Desiree V. Cooper Memorial Fund, which financially supports black women in architecture school.
The online auction launches at 3pm EST today and runs through Dec 20. Get ready!

Visit http://architecture-for-change.org/

Remember to join us TONIGHT at 8pm on Instagram Live!Join us + Mortarr for a haunted happy hour. Grab your cocktail and ...
10/27/2020

Remember to join us TONIGHT at 8pm on Instagram Live!

Join us + Mortarr for a haunted happy hour. Grab your cocktail and dim the lights for a lively conversation between Mortarr’s Jen Levisen + The Architects Foundation’s Marci Reed.

Instagram.com/octagonmuseum

Remember to join us TONIGHT at 8pm on Instagram Live!

Join us + Mortarr for a haunted happy hour. Grab your cocktail and dim the lights for a lively conversation between Mortarr’s Jen Levisen + The Architects Foundation’s Marci Reed.

Instagram.com/octagonmuseum

10/26/2020

Tour some spirited spaces in The Octagon with Mortarr on Tuesday, October 27th, at 8PM LIVE on Instagram. Follow The Octagon Museum, grab a drink and dim the lights for a conversation between ghostbusters Mortarr's Jen Levisen, + Architects Foundation’s Marci Reed! 👻🎃

We're touring some spirited spaces in The Octagon with Mortarr next Tuesday, October 27th, at 8PM ET LIVE on Instagram. ...
10/22/2020

We're touring some spirited spaces in The Octagon with Mortarr next Tuesday, October 27th, at 8PM ET LIVE on Instagram. Follow us at @octagonmuseum, grab your cocktail and dim the lights for a lively conversation between our favorite ghostbusters, Mortarr's Jen Levisen, + Architects Foundation’s Marci Reed!
#curatedxmortarr
Photography by: AJJN Photography

#Repost @mortarr with @make_repost.

In DC? Make sure to visit this powerful pavilion, sponsored by the Architects Foundation and SmithGroup. Society's Cage ...
09/02/2020
"Society's Cage" Explores Institutional Racism in America

In DC? Make sure to visit this powerful pavilion, sponsored by the Architects Foundation and SmithGroup. Society's Cage is now open on the National Mall at 12th/Madison through September 12.

https://www.architectmagazine.com/design/societys-cage-explores-institutional-racism-in-america_o

Conceived by a team from SmithGroup's D.C. office, this temporary steel pavilion on the National Mall is a “beautiful rendition of the ugliness of racism.”

A wonderful panel tonight on Fay Jones and the Crosby Arboretum with Mississippi State University's Hans Herrmann, AIA, ...
08/27/2020

A wonderful panel tonight on Fay Jones and the Crosby Arboretum with Mississippi State University's Hans Herrmann, AIA, The American Institute of Architects' Robert Ivy, FAIA, and USModernist's George Smart. Thanks to all who attended!

The Unbuilt Crosby Arboretum exhibit has a special place in our hearts, because it was installed just before the shutdown in March. Tour virtually via https://architectsfoundation.org/what-we-do/programs-exhibits/

August 24 marks the solemn anniversary of the Burning of Washington in 1814. While the city was evacuating, as an extra ...
08/24/2020

August 24 marks the solemn anniversary of the Burning of Washington in 1814. While the city was evacuating, as an extra level of security Mrs. Tayloe asked the French ambassador to stay at The Octagon to watch the house for her. Knowing the building was safe from the British, Dolley Madison sent several of her things to The Octagon for safekeeping. Ultimately, the Madisons moved in, turning The Octagon into a temporary White House through the end of the War of 1812. And on John Tayloe's office desk, pictured below, James Madison signed the Treaty of Ghent!

While we're still closed, please go and visit the pavilion sponsored by SmithGroup and the Architects Foundation! This i...
08/21/2020
Support Society’s Cage – an experiential installation highlighting the historic forces of racialized state violence

While we're still closed, please go and visit the pavilion sponsored by SmithGroup and the Architects Foundation! This installation will be up on the National Mall August 28-September 4. Details and fundraising link below:

Conceived and designed by a team of Black architects at SmithGroup , Society’s Cage is a timely interpretive installation born in the aftermath of the George Floyd and Breonna Taylor murders as our society reckons with institutional racism and...

Looking for an at-home activity this weekend? Download our "Octivity" drawing pages: https://architectsfoundation.org/wp...
08/21/2020

Looking for an at-home activity this weekend? Download our "Octivity" drawing pages:https://architectsfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/AF20_343400_Octivity_at_home_series_11x8-5_Final2-07-20-20.pdf

Mortarr
08/17/2020

Mortarr

Go behind the screens with The Forum and The Octagon this Wednesday at 3pm CST. Mortarr's Communications Director, Jennifer Levisen, and the Architects Foundation's Marci Reed are diving into the history of The Octagon and highlighting the role The American Institute of Architects's first national headquarters plays in the their social and civic contributions to the world. Register now: https://ecs.page.link/oB3HF

JOIN US August 27th for a virtual discussion, “The Unbuilt Crosby Arboreturm and the Legacy of E. Fay Jones,” featuring ...
08/06/2020
The Unbuilt Crosby Arboretum

JOIN US August 27th for a virtual discussion, “The Unbuilt Crosby Arboreturm and the Legacy of E. Fay Jones,” featuring Mississippi State University Hans Herrmann, AIA; The American Institute of Architects Robert Ivy, FAIA; and USModernist George Smart.

Register here: https://architectsfoundation.networkforgood.com/events/22320-the-unbuilt-crosby-arboretum

This virtual discussion will explore the work by Hans Herrmann, AIA and students to create physical and virtual reality models of four unrealized E. Fay Jones buildings at the Crosby Arboretum, buildings intended to accompany the iconic Pinecote Pavilion completed in 1985. These models have been on view at The Octagon, which is still closed due to COVID-19.

The Unbuilt Crosby Arboretum is the only known E. Fay Jones multi-building composition/campus. Robert Ivy, FAIA, AIA CEO and biographer on E. Fay Jones, will highlight how Jones’ work is deeply rooted to place and nature. Jones received the AIA Gold Medal in 1990, the Institute’s highest honor.
Tickets to the panel are free; $15 tickets will permit additional entry into a giveaway for various prizes!
Photo credit Tim Hursley.

Panel discussion with Hans Herrmann, AIA, Robert Ivy, FAIA and George Smart

Mortarr
07/30/2020

Mortarr

Relish in the relic. The Octagon has more stories than sides, and we're highlighting their past, present, and future this week on The Forum. See more on the Architects Foundation here: https://bit.ly/2ParlPS

The Octagon serves as a venue for exhibits and events that educate and inspire the public on the value architects and ar...
05/31/2020

The Octagon serves as a venue for exhibits and events that educate and inspire the public on the value architects and architecture bring to culture and community. Help support us in our mission by making a tax-deductible donation here: https://buff.ly/2XOaq9l

Our current exhibit “The Unbuilt Crosby Arboretum: An Unrealized Masterplan by E. Fay Jones and Edward Blake Jr.” was on...
05/29/2020

Our current exhibit “The Unbuilt Crosby Arboretum: An Unrealized Masterplan by E. Fay Jones and Edward Blake Jr.” was on display in the Mississippi State University School of Architecture Giles Hall Gallery last year. While you can’t get into the Octagon to see the exhibit right now, you can get a preview of the exhibit here: https://buff.ly/2xyRNh0

Did you know The Octagon is made of four hundred thousand bricks! We know the number of bricks because of the carefully ...
05/27/2020

Did you know The Octagon is made of four hundred thousand bricks! We know the number of bricks because of the carefully preserved billing records kept by the contractor.

Why are so many homes in the Washington area made of brick? If you live somewhere in the Piedmont region of the Middle Atlantic states and you garden, you know that the primary ingredient of the local soil is clay. Readily available, cheap to make, easy to transport, strong, capable of being molded into various size and shapes, and fireproof, brick was the choice not only for this architect, but for those who built up and down the East Coast – and not just for houses, but for walls, sidewalks, and commercial buildings. The Octagon’s bricks may have been made at the nearby brickyard on Lafayette Square, the site which produced 5000 bricks a day for the President’s House, completed in 1800. #octagonmuseumdc #morestoriesthansides #preservationmonth

One of the highlights of our back garden are our Treaty of Ghent Roses. The roses commemorate the signing of the Treaty ...
05/25/2020

One of the highlights of our back garden are our Treaty of Ghent Roses. The roses commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Ghent that ended the War of 1812. The Treaty of Ghent was signed at the Octagon by President James Madison on February 17, 1815. These roses were gifted to us by the Belgian Royal Society for Agriculture and Botany in the summer of 2014 for the bicentennial commemoration of the negotiation and signing of the Treaty of Ghent. They are specially bred to resemble the Peace Treaty Roses that the signers of the Treaty of Ghent received in 1814. #octagonmuseumdc #morestoriesthansides

Families with the wealth and social standing of the Tayloes entertained frequently and lavishly.  Food for multi-course ...
05/23/2020

Families with the wealth and social standing of the Tayloes entertained frequently and lavishly. Food for multi-course dinner parties and elegant refreshments for balls and tea parties were made in the Tayloe kitchen. In addition to preparing for such elaborate entertainments, the enslaved cook and kitchen help were responsible on a daily basis for turning out meals for the many members of the Tayloe family, as well as their friends and business associates invited informally to dine or drink tea. There was also a large household staff to be fed. Whenever the Tayloe family was in residence, the Octagon kitchen was the scene of bustling, non-stop activity. #octagonmuseumdc #morestoriesthansides #preservationmonth

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The Octagon is open for free self-guided tours Thursday through Saturday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Private tours for groups of 5 or more may be arranged outside these hours (Tuesday through Saturday) by emailing or calling us ($10/adults, $5/students)

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Can you post a recent photo of the yellow Treaty Rose?
We're so happy to celebrate Margaret Phalen's 5th anniversary of service with the Architects Foundation and The Octagon Museum. Congratulations Maggie!
Dolley Madison had a remarkable and harrowing escape from the White House during the War of 1812. Upon returning to DC, she set up residence at The Octagon Museum. The Madisons rebuilt the new country from within its walls. Read all about it in “Unusual For Their Time” Vol1
I went to the Octagon Hall Museum today and got a surprise Look for your self