Thursday, September 8, 2022

Octagon House

From Side of Culture:

A more discerning road warrior might prefer to spend time at the Armour-Stiner house, known more descriptively as Octagon House. As you wend your way along the driveway to the estate, there’s the slow reveal of the perfectly appointed landscaped grounds, which brilliantly frame the five story home: in no way does this first impression upstage the majesty of the soon to be seen stately mansion. At first glimpse, the home looks like a larger than life ornament, or a brightly colored carousel whose horses had fled the wrap-around verandah.

While the exterior of the home is certainly a head turner, this architectural style was not unique; there were hundreds of these eight-sided structures scattered across the country in the middle of the 19th century. The impetus for the design was Orson Squire Fowler, and the publication of his 1848 book, “The Octagon House, a Home for All.” Fowler was a free spirit, questioning the conventional wisdom of having a four sided domicile when you can have one with eight sides, incorporating more “square” (if you will) footage, within the octagonal shape. In turn, additional sides lead to more windows, hence more light.v(Read more.)


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