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Locating the Site


Map 2a: White House neighborhood in Washington, D.C., early 21st century.

[Map 2a: White House neighborhood in Washington, D.C., early 21st century; from HABS at LOC] with link to larger version of map.(Historic American Buildings Survey, National Park Service)

Shaded areas represent buildings. The Octagon house (circled) is located at the corner of 18th St. and New York Avenue, west of the White House.

Map 2b: The Octagon house (from Map 2a).

[Map 2b: The Octagon house (from Map 2a); from HABS at LOC] with link to larger version of map.(Historic American Buildings Survey, National Park Service)

Questions for Map 2a and Map 2b

1) What kind of landscape does Map 2a show? Urban or rural? What evidence supports your answer?

2) Does this neighborhood look like a place where people have their homes or a place where people go to work? Explain your answer.

3) From what you see in Map 2a, what shapes are most of the lots? What shape is the lot The Octagon was built on? What challenges do you think an architect faced when designing The Octagon?

4) Why do you think someone would want to live at The Octagon?


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