Inventory

of Older Octagon, Hexagon, and Round Houses

The most comprehensive source on octagon houses
ever compiled.

A non profit educational website.


The Octagon House Inventory Book


Includes a supplemental listing of more than 30 octagon houses newly-documented since book's 2011 publication.

A permanent record of locations and histories of all known octagon houses (over 1000) built in the U.S. and Canada between 1848 and 1920.

Historian Ellen L. Puerzer been interested in the historic structures since 1976 and compiled information from this website, old newspapers and her own archives. Handy 312 page trade paperback with index for easy reference, and with updated locations and info not on the website.

For sample pages or to order click here.

This site is copyrighted (c) 2002, 2016-17 by Robert Kline, and developed and maintained by Robert Kline and Ellen Puerzer. Many photos are copyrighted or controlled. Please mention this site if using any of the information contained herein. Write for permission to use photos and you'll be directed to copyright owner.

We recieve many unidentified photos via emails. If you own the rights to a photo on this site, please let us know and we will add a photo credit.

People are encouraged to come forward with what they know.
Please send e-mail to either R. Kline or E. Puerzer.

Overview


The number below each state is the present number of old octagon, hexagon, and round houses and schoolhouses on the inventory, where old means 1950 or before. Only those for which the construction date is known are counted, so the counts shown are likely an under count.

Alabama
5
Hawaii
1
Massachusetts
93
New Mexico
0
South Dakota
7
Alaska
8
Idaho
0
Michigan
105
New York
191
Tennessee
7
Arizona
3
Illinois
50
Minnesota
32
North Carolina
11
Texas
17
Arkansas
0
Indiana
30
Mississippi
7
North Dakota
1
Utah
7
California
36
Iowa
37
Missouri
4
Ohio
54
Vermont
17
Colorado
6
Kansas
9
Montana
4
Oklahoma
1
Virginia
29
Connecticut
32
Kentucky
4
Nebraska
8
Oregon
8
Washington
6
Delaware
5
Louisiana
2
Nevada
1
Pennsylvania
108
West Virginia
4
Florida
15
Maine
19
New Hampshire
9
Rhode Island
21
Wisconsin
62
Georgia
7
Maryland
15
New Jersey
47
South Carolina
5
Wyoming
0


District of Columbia
6
Canada
72
Mystery Houses


What's Construction information Orson Fowler
Books Octagon Schoolhouse Layout

In year 2016 the number of standing old houses is 513, and the number in the inventory is 1,222.


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