North Octagonal Room

Virtual tour of this room

Dimensions: 14' 10" × 15' 3"; ceiling 10' 0"

Order: Tuscan

Source: Palladio

Color: French wallpaper – the original trellis pattern has been reproduced.[1]

Purpose of Room: Bedroom and possibly sitting room, used frequently by James and Dolley Madison

Architectural features: Alcove bed with a closet overhead; octagonal design, based on one of Jefferson's favorite architectural shapes; triangle-shaped closet to complete the octagon; triple-sash windows, used in many rooms on the first floor and serving as both doorway and ventilation device; interior shutters, used throughout the first floor for privacy and insulation

Objects Displayed in This Room


  1. ^ The reproduction wallpaper seen here was made by F. Schumacher & Co. as part of their Colonial Williamsburg collection in the 1990s.