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The Round House (Octagon House)

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Octagon House
1874, Dan Idol, builder. Round House Rd., 0.2 miles east of Old Mill Rd.
  • (Virginia Department of Historic Resources)

Located on the west side of the New River, near the mouth of Big Wilson Creek, this one-story octagonal building is a rare house type for Virginia. It was under the influence of Orson S. Fowler's The Octagon House, A Home for All (1848) that a few octagonal houses were built in the commonwealth. Of weatherboarded frame construction on a stone and brick foundation, the house has a central chimney that anchors the building and rises through a bracketed octagonal roof projection. Unusual semi-octagonal window and door openings carry the octagonal theme through to the details. The building's riverside location has caused multiple inundations from floods throughout its lifetime.

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Anne Carter Lee
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Anne Carter Lee, "The Round House (Octagon House)", [Mouth of Wilson, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VA-02-GY10.

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