The Famous Armour-Stiner Octagon House Is For Rent
Rent a National Historic Landmark in Westchester County, NY
If you have a unique sense of style, a preference for the strange, or a creative mind and you also happen to be looking for a home to match, then you’ll want to visit the famous Armour-Stiner Octagon House in rural Westchester County, New York because it was just made available for rent. This home is a registered National Historic Landmark, so this is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to live in one of the rarest architectural styles in the world. As you might expect, if you’re interested, you’ll need to act quickly because this property is not going to stay on the market long.
Set amid three wooded acres, the Armour-Stiner Octagon House is truly an inspiring work of art and one of the few remaining examples of octagonal architecture. So, act quickly and learn about this visually impressive property on W. Clinton Avenue.
Practicality, Efficiency, and Simplicity
Financier Paul J. Armour built the home in 1860 based on the architectural ideas of Orson Squire Fowler, who also resided in an eight-sided home in Beacon, NY at the time. The original design featured a simple mansard roof. It wasn’t until 1872 that Joseph Stiner added the now-famous Renaissance-style domed roof and cupola. Stiner also incorporated Gothic molding and windows, rococo brackets, and Stick-style details on the veranda, giving the home the spaceship-like look it continues to exude to this day.
Whereas square homes have long been the standard for residences in the U.S., this home’s unique octagonal design allowed the builder the advantage of enclosing more space than a square home of similar wall lengths. This made the home more practical, efficient, and simplistic.
The house was purchased in 1976 by Joseph Pell Lombardi, a preservationist architect. Lombardi would go on to renovate the property to conserve the house, its interiors, the grounds and outbuildings. The fine architectural details of the Armour-Stiner House make it one of the most unique homes in the United States, and it is believed to be one of just a hundred octagon homes left. This is a rare opportunity to live in a one-of-a-kind home.
A Home for the Imaginative
If there’s one thing about the Armour-Stiner house that stands out, it is that the home has always attracted those with imaginative minds and creative tendencies. In 1930, famed Finnish writer Aleko E. Lilius lived here with a female pirate who was reputedly known to have plundered ships off the coast of China. Historian and poet, Carl Carmer, lived in the home from 1946 until his death in 1976, hence it earning the secondary name, The Carmer Octagon House. It has also been featured in movies, books, and tales throughout the years.
Although the property is absolutely stunning from the road, the home’s interior embellishments are what really make this place so interesting. They are just as intricate and decorative as its exterior! It boasts painted and stenciled ceilings, gorgeous etched glass, hand-honed woodwork, trim bearing delicate gold, silver, and bronze leaf, and detailed 8-sided motifs in the plasterwork throughout the home’s five floors (six, including the basement level).
The rooms in the home include six bedrooms, a nursery, a sitting room, a curio room, and the Egyptian Revival Music Room. There are also two kitchens and a dining room, a library, a salon room, a billiard room, a larder, a wine room, a tea room, and a solarium! The top two floors of the Octagon House feature a Dance Room and an Observatory.
Just a Few Blocks From the Hudson
The Armour-Stiner Octagon House is located on the south side of West Clinton Avenue where it sits on the crest of a hill overlooking the Hudson River. It’s a spellbinding view from a spellbinding home. As if all of the majesty of this home isn’t enough, the property also abuts The Old Croton Aqueduct on its east side, another National Historic Landmark.
There are roughly a hundred octagon homes still standing in the United States, and by all comparisons, the Armour-Stiner House is the best of the lot! Whether you’re a fan of interesting period architecture or you want to live in a historic home unlike any other, now is the time to act if you want to rent this incredible home.