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Octagon House

Octagon House
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Type of Attraction
Castles, Palaces, Historic Homes
Interests That Apply
Local Culture, Architecture, History, Art, Photography
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Price: Free
Is there parking?: Limited
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Mobility Obstacles: Stairs
Water/Drinks: Available at attraction or nearby.
This is a good place to get: Snacks Dinner Lunch Breakfast
Restrooms: Available
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Octagon House

Unique Architecture

Off The Beaten Path

Address: Phone:
2645 Gough St
(at the corner of Union St)
San Francisco, CA 94123
+1 415 441 7512


This unusual-looking building was constructed in 1861 by William C. McElroy. The impetus behind the shape of the house came from a popular theory during the mid 1800s that suggested that people who lived in octagon-shaped spaces lead happier, healthier lives. The home sat vacant for a few years before the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in California bought it and relocated it to its current resting place. The Octagon House underwent extensive renovations after being moved, and now it houses an eclectic collection of Colonial and Federal antiques such as furniture, portraits, and silver. Even if you don't have time to check out the inside of the house, at least take a minute to walk by; it really is a unique architectural marvel.

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Times & Dates

Open Hours: Noon-3pm, 2nd Sun, 2nd & 4th Thurs
Notes: The house can be seen from outside anytime, but the tour hours vary each month. Call to find out when the house will be open to the public.
Visit Time: 30min-1hr
Average Wait Time: None
Price: Free


Outdoor with some covering.

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: All Ages
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: All Ages
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers


Nearest Train or Bus: Muni bus: 41 Union
Best Modes of Transportation: Automobile/Car Bicycle Bus Motorbike/Scooter Taxi Walking
Parking Availability: Limited
Notes: There is a parking lot located within three blocks.

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