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The village's Octagon House, at 111 W. Whteman St., will be open to the public through a tour presented by the Yellow Springs Historical Society. Come satisfy your curiosity about this elegant and unusual building on Sunday, from 1–5 p.m. (Submitted photo)

The village's Octagon House, at 111 W. Whteman St., will be open to the public through a tour presented by the Yellow Springs Historical Society. Come satisfy your curiosity about this elegant and unusual building on Sunday, from 1–5 p.m. (Submitted photo)

Yellow Springs Historical Society to give tour of Octagon House

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Ever wondered about that odd yet elegant eight-sided house on Whiteman Street? Now you can satisfy your curiosity.

The Yellow Springs Historical Society is sponsoring an afternoon of exploration of the Octagon House, at 111 W. Whiteman St., between 1 and 5 p.m., with house tours and displays about the history of the house and its most recent owners.

The Yellow Springs Octagon Hosue floor plan.

The Yellow Springs Octagon Hosue floor plan.

The guiding philosophy and design principles of the octagonal house — a building style briefly popular in the 1850s — can be traced to the influence of amateur architect and lifestyle pundit Orson Squire Fowler (1809–1897).

An eight-sided structure, Fowler maintained, was cheaper to build, allowed for additional living space, received more natural light, was easier to heat, and remained cooler in the summer. (From Wikipedia)

A suggested donation for the tour of $5 would be appreciated, and Yellow Springs Historical Society memberships forms will be available (Family Rate – $20, Individual Rate – $15, Senior Rate – $10).

For more information, please visit the Yellow Springs Historical Society’s website at http://yshistory.org .

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Yellow Springs Historical Society to give tour of Octagon House

by YS News Staff