Armour-Stiner (Octagon) House
One of the most celebrated occupants of this house was Carl Carmer, the author, poet and historian. Carmer resided in the house from 1940 to the time of his death in 1976. His legacy includes tales of a resident ghost.
The Armour-Stiner (Octagon) House is one of the most visually unique homes in the world. It is the only known fully domed octagonal residence and the only house built in the form of an ancient classical temple. The Octagon House was built in the 1860s by Paul J. Armour, a New York City financier. In this pre-Civil War period octagonal houses were a popular mode of construction following the publication of a book, The Octagon House, A Home for All, by Orson Squire Fowler, a phrenologist, sexologist and amateur architect. In 1872, the house was purchased by Joseph Stiner, a prominent New York City tea merchant. His alterations created the present unique structure. With plans to use the house as a summer retreat, Stiner added the dome and the verandah to create a classical, elaborately detailed Roman temple.
The Armour-Stiner House is a private residence. Please respect the owner’s privacy, only visit on a scheduled tour!
“Springtime at The Octagon House: Historic Home and Landscape Tour” April 28 through June 27, 2022. In an approximately one-hour guided tour, guests will experience this whimsical 1872 summer home and its marvelously intact, 19th-century landscape during the most delightful time of the year.