The Octagon Washington DC Entry Hall Lobby

The Octagon
The entryway was designed to give visitors a positive first impression when they come in from the street. In the winter, it minimizes the loss of heat when the front doors are open, and in summer it cuts down on the dust and flies that would otherwise enter the living space. The doors that separate the entry hall from the stair hall were installed when the Madisons were in residence to further control the public’s access to the President and his wife.
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