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Real estate story about the crazy eights

Can the shape of your house impact your health? That was a popular theory in the 1850’s, when a vegetarian phrenologist named Orson Squire Fowler argued that eight-sided homes provided the best light, ventilation, and beneficial living space for families.

Fowler Follys

Fowler’s theory touched off an Octagon-building fad, that didn’t last long. However, several hundred octagonal homes still survive throughout the country. See the photos below of octagon homes.

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octagon homes

Compared with a square, an octagon encloses approximately 20% additional space with the same perimeter

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Octagon condos

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