Rich Twinn Octagon House

The Rich-Twinn Octagon House, located at 145 Main Street in the village of Akron, New York built circa 1850, is currently owned and operated by the Newstead Historical Society as a house museum open to the public.

Through the dedicated efforts of the Newstead Historical Society and the citizens of the Akron-Newstead community, the house has been meticulously restored and has achieved the honor of being listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.

This house also has the distinction of being the only octagon house built in Erie County during the nineteenth century, which is when the short-lived octagon house fad took place. Orson Fowler, a phrenologist and author, promoted the concept that living in a “round” house would realize greater health for its occupants.

The Rich-Twinn Octagon House is of Greek Revival style with the exception of the cupola, which is of Italianate design, believed to be the earliest examples of Italianate windows in the area. It is approximately 2,600 square feet having three floors plus a cupola and is of post and beam construction. Inside is a beautiful restoration with interesting features, among them in-wall speaking tubes on every floor, a dumbwaiter from the basement kitchen to the dining room, and a rectangular central chimney that twists as it reaches the cupola.

The Octagon House has reopened.  Regular hours will be the 1st & 3rd Sundays of each month from 1 -3 pm till the end of October.

Admission is as follows (cash only):
Adults – $8.00
Youth 11 – 18  – $5
Under 10 –  free
Private tours – $12
Group Tours of 10 or more – $10

Kate Stapleton Parzych
Director, Rich-Twinn Octagon House

Jannette Potera
Collections Manager

Take a Virtual tour of the Octagon House constructed in the early 1850’s.

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