Octagon house

The Ephraim Shay House

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image from: www.flickr.com

The Shay Hexagon House was designed and built by a guy named Ephraim Shay in 1890. He actually sheaved the house inside and out with stamped metal!

This unique home is located in the lakeside resort town of Harbor Springs in northern Michigan.

image from: livability.com

image from: livability.com

So who was this industrious fellow?

Ephraim Shay  was born in 1839 in Ohio. He is known for designing the first Shay locomotive and he subsequently patented the brand.

In addition to the geared steam locomotive that made him famous, Ephraim Shay designed, built and operated the Harbor Springs Water Works, and, created a steel yacht from galvanized sheet metal called “the Aha”.

image from: harborlightnews.com

image from: harborlightnews.com

Shay was both an inventor and a builder so naturally, his ingenuity transferred to his personal residence as well.

Completed by the year 1892, the Hexagon house was built from stamped steel on both the interior and exterior. The home has six large hexagon-shaped rooms that join in a central section which is open to the second floor. The central portion forms a tower with – you guessed it – 6 sides.

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The Feusier Octagon House in San Francisco

image from: http://www.redfin.com/CA/San-Francisco/

image from: http://www.redfin.com/CA/San-Francisco/

I love a good octagon house as much as the next person. But I did a double take when I saw this one that is currently for sale in San Francisco, CA.

The 1856 Feusier Octagon House is a study in white. White as in the color – or, ‘absense of color’, more accurately. Even the mansard roof is white.

image from: http://www.redfin.com/CA/San-Francisco/

image from: http://www.redfin.com/CA/San-Francisco/

This pristinely white home is one of only two surviving octagon house plans in San Francisco.

image from: http://www.redfin.com/CA/San-Francisco/

image from: http://www.redfin.com/CA/San-Francisco/

It was built from a historic book of house plans by famed phrenologist Orson Squire Fowler.

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Affordable Octagon house in Wisconsin

Here’s a fun house that is up for grabs…

A few months ago I profiled a large, elegant octagonal mansion – the Armour-Stiner House – you can read more about that one here. But this much smaller-scale octagon house in Whitewater, Wisconsin is for sale for a very attainable $139,900.

This modest blue house is not a historic preservation show-piece like the Armour-Stiner House, but it is cute as a button nonetheless.

image from: http://www.shorewest.com

This uniquely shaped home has been gutted inside and now features new floors, new drywall, new counters, new sinks, even all new windows.

image from: http://www.shorewest.com

Subsequently, not much of the original character remains inside but it is still very charming.

Have a look at what they did with the kitchen…

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It’s kind of an awkward shape but they have made good use of the space.

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One of a kind… Agua Luna Ranch in Texas

My Spanish is really rudimentary but I *think* “Agua Luna” means water moonor perhaps it’s supposed to be moon water. In any case, this off-grid octagonal cabin is located in the area of Terlingua Ranch in west Texas. (Terlingua = earth tongue??)

It’s kind of an odd dwelling, but it is indeed a house for humans – or a getaway cabin if you don’t want to do the off-grid goat-herding thing year round. It has no electrical service or public water or sewer, but it does have solar and wind power and a rain catchment system.

Have a peek inside…

image from: http://www.westxranchrealty.com/Agua_Luna.html

(I love how the chimney snakes up to exit through the center eye of the octagonal roof.)

The house comes fully furnished with wind powered appliances.

There is a bathroom, but it is rustic…

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Dazzling 1860’s Octagon house in New York state

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This stunning architectural and historic home is located in Irvington-On-Hudson, New York.

It is the only known residence constructed in the eight-sided, domed colonnaded shape of a classic Roman Temple.

– from: http://www.josephpelllombardi.com

image from: http://www.josephpelllombardi.com/5homes/newoctagon.html

Officially known as the The Armour-Stiner House, this home was originally built in the 1860’s but fell into disrepair by the 1970’s. The Octagon House was bought in 1978 for $75,000 by Preservation Architect Joseph Pell Lombardi and was meticulously restored. He remains the owner to this day.

Enter into this uniquely gorgeous home…

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