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William W. Walker House (Ten-Sided House)

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Ten-Sided House
c. 1855. 1498 Marr Ridge Rd., 4 miles southwest of Pulaski

Located on a winding country road, this brick ten-sided farmhouse was built in 1855, when polygonal houses were touted as the most energy efficient and sun-filled domestic spaces. Advocates of such houses believed that the polygonal construction reduced the force of the wind and retained heat inside. William W. Walker, the first owner of this house, was an active abolitionist.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "William W. Walker House (Ten-Sided House)", [, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 554-554.

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