house is one of only about 20 octagon-shaped buildings still
standing in Iowa. Orson Squire Fowler, whose 1854 book on
the subject spoke of eight-sided houses as “cheap,
convenient, superior and adapted to rich and poor”,
made the shape popular in the 19th century.
built this house in 1853, and it once featured a veranda
around each floor. Built of limestone quarried from adjoining
property, the walls are 2 feet thick. The house has undergone
a few renovations, including stucco covering and the removal
of the large verandas.
House is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
It is sometimes mistakenly referred to as the "Hex
(for hexagonal) House." It was used as a hotel around
the turn of the century but is now a private residence.