Orleans House, The Octagon
Restoration of the ornate plasterwork in The Octagon
Added in 1721 by James Gibbs to the 1710 'Orleans House' adjacent, the Octagon was a miniature banqueting house or pavilion, created purely for entertainment. Designed in order to host King George I, its interior decoration is exquisite. The fine plasterwork and paint were damaged by a leaking roof and have now been restored and gilded.