The Octagon, "one of the most significant buildings of architectural and historical importance in East London," is a "triple height, single volume, eight-sided hall with plain stock brick walls rising to prospect level, behind which the slate roof terminates in the glazed roof lantern." During its recent refurbishment, the decorative plasterwork was restored, as was the "polychromatic high-Victorian style colour scheme" (Memon 12). Once the library of the People's Palace, then a recreation hall, then again the main library facility of Queen Mary's College London, the Octagon is now an adjunct to the modern library facilities of Queen Mary University of London. It is used as a meeting and exhibition venue. The plaques to Pindar and Virgil are just visible here..
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