Octagon House

Octagon House
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San Francisco is known as a city with many tourist attractions. Aside from the Golden Gate Bridge, which is very famous all over the world, there are other sights to see like the museums and art galleries that house impressive and interesting collections. One of the museums that you should visit is San Francisco’s Octagon House.

Many people visit the house because of the oddity of the house structure. Even if you do not go inside the house, the mere exterior of the house can be the attraction itself. This building is one of the two surviving octagon homes in the city and it was built in the 19th century. The Octagon House in the Marina/Cow Hollow neighborhood was built in 1861. During the 19th century, people had the idea that if they lived in a house with an octagon shape, they would live happier and healthier. This is the reason why there were many octagon houses during the 19th century.

Today, the Octagon House serves as a museum that holds early American portraits, furniture, pewter, silver, both English and Chinese ceramics and looking glasses. You will see a lot of unique items and historical documents from during the American colonial and federal era. When you are inside the Octagon House, you will feel that you are back in the 19th century and you will also learn a lot of things regarding the history of America. The Octagon House is being managed by National Society of Colonial Dames of America. It is only open during the second Sunday and second and fourth Thursdays of the month.

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