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.

The house in Ross, CA, is
celebrating its 150th year
in 2014.

This site is copyrighted (c) 2002, 2010 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
89
New Mexico
0
South Dakota
7
Alaska
8
Idaho
0
Michigan
101
New York
186
Tennessee
7
Arizona
3
Illinois
45
Minnesota
31
North Carolina
10
Texas
16
Arkansas
0
Indiana
30
Mississippi
3
North Dakota
1
Utah
5
California
35
Iowa
35
Missouri
4
Ohio
53
Vermont
16
Colorado
6
Kansas
8
Montana
4
Oklahoma
1
Virginia
27
Connecticut
28
Kentucky
4
Nebraska
8
Oregon
8
Washington
6
Delaware
5
Louisiana
2
Nevada
1
Pennsylvania
101
West Virginia
4
Florida
14
Maine
19
New Hampshire
8
Rhode Island
19
Wisconsin
58
Georgia
6
Maryland
15
New Jersey
38
South Carolina
3
Wyoming
0


District of Columbia
5
Canada
71
Mystery Houses


Construction information Orson Fowler Books
Octagon Schoolhouse Layout


In year 2014 the number of standing old houses is 506, and the number in the inventory is 1,156.


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