In Support Of Octagon Houses

Break free from the tyranny of the square! The pleasingly odd Octagon House Inventory is “a permanent record of locations and histories of all known octagon houses (nearly 1000) built in the U.S. and Canada between 1848 and 1920″ with photos, descriptions, blueprints, and newspaper clippings (although many of the links are dead).  Here’s hoping that octo-houses, which offer panoptic views and the ability to be clustered in all sorts of formations, will someday return to their rightful place in the architectural vanguard.

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  • Threefourdumb

    STEP INSIDE THE OCTAGON!

  • Threefourdumb

    STEP INSIDE THE OCTAGON!

  • dogbeard

    The house pictured on the left appears to be a hexagon…

  • dogbeard

    The house pictured on the left appears to be a hexagon…

    • dogbeard

      Also, for a house to have “panoptic views” it must have a courtyard with a tower at it’s center… or the house itself needs to be at the center of an enclosed area.

      • ArgosyJones

        That’s wrong.  You’re confusing panoptic with Panopticon.

        • dogbeard

          okay, but do these structures really offer an a “panoptic” view any more than other tall solitary structures do?  For this reason I think the author was referring to Foucault. 

  • dogbeard

    Also, for a house to have “panoptic views” it must have a courtyard with a tower at it’s center… or the house itself needs to be at the center of an enclosed area.

  • dogbeard

    Also, for a house to have “panoptic views” it must have a courtyard with a tower at it’s center… or the house itself needs to be at the center of an enclosed area.

  • ArgosyJones

    That’s wrong.  You’re confusing panoptic with Panopticon.

  • dogbeard

    okay, but do these structures really offer an a “panoptic” view any more than other tall solitary structures do?  For this reason I think the author was referring to Foucault. 

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