We all know that the main Presidential residence is the White House. But did you know of the one other building that remains standing today that has served as the home of the President?
During the War of 1812, the British Army destroyed the White House in August 1814, causing President James Madison to flee temporarily. Once the British retreated, Madison and his wife moved into The Octagon House, located at 1799 New York Avenue NW, which was owned by Colonel John Tayloe III.
Six months later, the Madisons paid $500 in rent ($8,600 in today’s dollar) and moved out.
– Alex Simon, The 100 Companies