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Save This Old House!

An historical, unusual octagon house in Ewell, Michigan needs preserving.

The octagon style of home building had fallen out of fashion by the 1880s, and this house is one of the very few surviving examples. The exterior features patterned brickwork typical of Victorian-era houses. Detailed oak moldings, stained-glass windows, and a staircase with turned balusters and intricate scrolls adorn the interior.

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SAVE THIS OLD HOUSE!

This historical, unusual octagon house in Elwell, Michigan needs love and restoration.

From the June 2016 issue of This Old House magazine: This brick farmhouse was built in the 1870s. It’s octagon style, popular in the Midwest at the time, was believed to promote health by means of superior cross-ventilation. Offering the advantage of more windows, it also allowed the owner to survey his 80-acre farm in every direction.

Why save it? The octagon style had called out of fashion by the 1880s, and this house is one of very few surviving examples. The exterior features patterned brickwork typical of Victorian-era houses. Detailed oak moldings, stained-glass windows, and a staircase with turned balusters and intricate scrolls adorn the interior.

This house can be yours for $36,000. For full information see the June 2016 issue of This Old House.

To Save This Old House, contact Dean Bohjanen: dbohj@ispmgt.com.