National Geographic : 1947 Jun
711 Washington: Home of the Nation's Great are still standing; the third was on the site of the present office build ing at 1333-5 F Street, N.W., a busy thorough fare in the heart of the shopping district. This house was owned by Richard Cutts, a brother-in-law of Mrs. Madison, and an unkind rhymester had this to say of Dolly Madison's famous flight by coach from the White House: My sister Cutts and Cutts and I, And Cutts' children three, Will fill the coach, so you must ride On horseback after we. The troopers who guarded the Madisons here at night had no tents and slept on their horses' straw in the middle of what is now F Street. Another Madison White House, serving for a year and a half, was the solid brick building at the north west corner of Penn sylvania Avenue and 19th Street, N.W., now used as a chain drug store. At various times it was the State De partment, the British Legation, and the home of two Vice Presidents, Elbridge Gerry and ianrrrnowograpner i. Antnony Bewart A Place Setting in the White House Dining Room Cutlery dates from the Harrison administration; it was gold-plated beginning with the Taft period. Forks bear the United States coat of arms; the spoon is marked "President's House," historic name of the building (page 702). The American-made plate dates from the Franklin D. Roosevelt era. So do three of the glasses; the second one is brand-new. Martin Van Buren. A third Madison White House was the Octagon, at New York Avenue and 18th Street, now the national headquarters of the American Institute of Architects and open to the public. Built in 1798-1800 by Dr. William Thornton, first architect of the Capitol, for city enter taining by one of the country's richest men, it is one of the most exquisitely designed buildings in the United States, and so unusual that it is possibly without a duplicate. The owner, Col. John Tayloe, of Mount Airy, Virginia, with an income of nearly $60,000 a year even at age 20 and boasting 500 slaves, was distinguished for the unrivaled splendor of his household and equipages. He wanted to build a town house in Philadelphia, but George Washington persuaded him to settle in the new Capital. Distinctive are doors and windows made on the circle to fit the circumference of vestibule and tower. Beautiful mantels in the dining room and drawing room were made in London in 1799 by Coade. The executive secretary of the Institute uses President Madison's office on the second floor, and in the middle of the room is the table at which Madison ratified the Treaty of Ghent. The table still has a simple, but effective, circular filing system, no doubt used by Madison.