Historic San Francisco Octagon House lists for $8.6 million

With a unique layout and a lot of history, one of San Francisco’s last remaining historic octagon houses has recently gone on the market with an asking price of $8.6 million. Originally built in the 1850s, the San Francisco’s Feusier Octagon House has a unique look and fascinating history.

The home was built in a fad of Octagon house construction in early 19th century. Inspired by Orson Squire Fowler’s book “A Home for All; Or, The Gravel Wall and Octagon Mode of Building,” hundreds were built across the country. Construction was mostly focused in New York and New England, although it also reached as far as the Southwest.

Fowler was a phrenologist, and his book made claims—dubious by modern standards—that octagonal homes promoted mental health and well-being. Of the many built during the fad, few now remain. The Feusier house is one of only two left in San Francisco. Both are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Phrenology aside, the home is really unique. Its octagonal shape makes for a lot of unusual corners and diagonals. According to Fowler’s principles, there are a lot of windows on all sides.

The house is around 5,000 square feet spread across its three octagonal stories. The interior is fairly open and bright with a lot of natural light from every side. The historic home also features extensive moulding and a lot of chandeliers.

The home has a Mansard roof topped by an octagonal cupola that was added later in the 19th century. The father of the current owner, who was an artist, transformed the cupola into a colorful art studio.

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