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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.

Writing Credits

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—,

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