May 23, 2008

octagon house

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photo by Donald Kinney

This octagon-shaped house is in western Sonoma County, near the Marin border. Octagon houses date to the mid-1800s when Orson Squire Fowler wrote "A Home For All" in which he described the benefits of this unusual house shape.   Most octagonal houses were built in the eastern United States, but some were also built around the San Francisco Bay Area.   This particular house was built by Silas Martin around 1850 on land purchased from the Spanish government. Members of the Martin family (direct descendants of Silas) still live in the house.

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photowannabe said...

Its awesome that direct decendants still live in the house. I first read the name as Silas Marner..Silly me!

Tomate Farcie said...

I agree, it must be kind of cool to have a home with so much history.

Anonymous said...

it's so beautiful thanks for shared

Anonymous said...

Hi! This is my house. I am Talia Elizabeth Martin and part of the 7th generation to live in this house. I was so surprised to see this you have no idea! :)

Ellen said...

Its a great looking house. used to have a full porch. (Can be seen in my new book on octagon Houses.)

Glad to see it still standing.


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