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octagon house

"even in their heyday, octagon houses never lined city streets and neighborhood blocks. on the contrary, an eight-sided home seemed to be the choice of individualists, standing defiant among four-sided neighbors."

orson squire fowler, clearly a member of the dharma initiative.



i need a national register of historic places gps app for my ipod. there probably is one.
while in san francisco, i literally walked past the mcelroy octagon house aka colonial dames house, walking north up gough from geary to the bay, and beyond the brief glance of admiration i'm sure i must have given it, paid it no further thought. ah, the things that are right under one's nose all along.

and while i was in the neighbourhood of the only other octagon house in that city, the feusier octagon house on green street, the closest i came to it was driving past the intersection of jones and green, directly to the east, on jones.


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and, what luck, the detroit public library has an 1854 edition of fowler's a home for all; or, the gravel wall and octagon mode of building.

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maga_dogg
May. 24th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
In my teens, my parents almost bought an octagonal house in Aston on Clun, Shropshire. You pay a lot extra for the unusual shape, and then none of your furniture fits together properly. But it was still a pretty close thing.
jones_casey
May. 24th, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
pure teckle!
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