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North Octagonal Room

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

Order: Tuscan

Source: Palladio

Color: French wallpaper – the original trellis pattern has been reproduced (Thomas Jefferson purchased wallpaper for other rooms, but researchers have not yet found enough evidence to reproduce it.)

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 (windows.qt), 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

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ksmeltzer's picture
Another of my favorite underrated rooms in the Monticello house.
Kristie Smeltzer


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