Inside the Historic Feusier Octagon House

In 1848, New York phrenologist Orson S. Fowler published a book titled “The Octagon House, A Home for All,” in which he argued that compared to their four-sided cousins, eight-sided homes were healthier—with plentiful windows and a cupola to let in more natural light and fresh air—and more economical—the octagonal shape maximizing interior space and creating a more efficient floor plan. Fowler’s book inspired the construction of thousands of structures across the country, including this enduring home—one of two remaining octagonal dwellings in San Francisco.

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