Springtime at The Octagon House: Historic Home and Landscape Tour

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Jess Lombardi
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 The tour will include a brief history of specimen plants original to the property, the carefully restored Lord and Burnham greenhouse, the wonderfully romantic foxglove garden, (shaped in the exact size and footprint of the house itself!), and the charming Octagonal birdhouse, (a scaled-down replica of the house). Visitors will also experience the house's wrap-around veranda that offers 360-degree views of the lush landscape, as well as particular architectural details which relate specifically to native plants and foliage of the grounds. Finally, the tour will continue inside the house with an interior tour of the first, second and third floors, which retain their magnificent ornamentation and furnishings.

Created as a whimsical summer retreat in 1872 by tea-importer Joseph Stiner, this National Historic Landmark's shape was based on the theories of Orson Squire Fowler, a phrenologist, who believed octagonal houses enclosed more space, allowed the sun in at all times, and permitted more views into the landscape. The Armour-Stiner Octagon House and its grounds epitomize the 19th-century fascination with nature, and the desire to live with nature, to bring nature into American lives and homes. This fascination was encouraged by the writings of AJ Downing, a young and brilliant horticulturist and amateur architect who revolutionized America's gardens and homes in the 19th century. We will see how the Octagon House gardens and architecture took Downing's philosophy and maximized it to create a one-of-a-kind exemplar of the ethos of romanticism and the picturesque that so imbued this era.

Best suited for guests ages 12 and up
Not recommended for anyone with limited mobility
The home and its grounds are both private property, access is limited to ticket holders only
Masks required indoors

Tickets: https://go.evvnt.com/1116332-0?pid=176
Website: https://go.evvnt.com/1116332-2?pid=176

Price: General Admission: USD 29.00

Category: Attractions | Walking and Guided Tours

Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Venue: The Armour-Stiner Octagon House


Street Address

45 West Clinton Avenue
Irvington, NY 10533


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