What
  • Abandoned
  • Battlefield
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Brewery
  • Bridge
  • Cemeteries
  • Church
  • Farm
  • Firehouse
  • Fort
  • Haunted
  • Historic House
  • Historic Structure
  • Historical Event
  • Hotel
  • Inn
  • Landmark
  • Legends & Lore
  • Library
  • Lighthouse
  • Lost Place
  • Mill
  • Monument
  • Museums
  • Native American
  • Park
  • Railway Station
  • Restaurant
  • Revolutionary War
  • Road
  • Roadside Attraction
  • Ruins
  • Schoolhouse
  • Shopping
  • Tavern
  • Theater
  • Tours
  • True Crime
Where

This historic octagon house in Catskill, New York was built in 1860 by David Van Gelder, a farmer and designer of covered bridges.

During Van Gelder’s era, Octagon Houses became a popular fad created by phrenologist Orson Squire Fowler. Fowler’s idea was to let in more
natural light by eliminating corners.

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  • This house is a private residence, so please be respectful of the owner’s property and privacy

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