Octagon House

sights / Architecture

Octagon House information

Location
San Francisco , USA
Address
2645 Gough St
Telephone
+1 415 441 7512
Getting there
Bus: 41, 45
Prices
admission by donation $3
Opening hours
noon-3pm 2nd & 4th Thu & 2nd Sun of month, closed Jan
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Crafty architects are always trying to cut corners on clients and here architect William C McElroy succeeded. This is among the last examples of a brief San Franciscan vogue for octagonal houses in the 1860s, when some believed that catching direct sunlight from eight angles was healthful. Three afternoons monthly, you can peruse collections of colonial antiques and peek inside a time capsule that McElroy hid under the stairs.