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Octagon House, San Francisco

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Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The McElroy Octagon House, also known as the Colonial Dames Octagon House, is a historic octagonal house now located at 2645 Gough Street at Union Street in the Cow Hollow neighborhood of San Francisco, California. William C. McElroy built it in 1861 across the street from its present location. It was vacant and neglected in 1951 when the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in California bought it, moved it across the street and began its restoration. In 1971 it became San Francisco Landmark 17. It, the Feusier Octagon House and the Marine Exchange Lookout Station at Land's End are the only three remaining octagon houses in the city.
On February 23, 1972, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The house is open to the public for tours.
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  • This small architectural gem is open only once a month (2nd Sunday), so check your calendar if you're in the City and have a hankering for an eclectic mix of history. The building, itself, has been...  more »
  • It was fascinating to discover more of the events in the life of this remarkable house. Built as an eight-sided construct in 1861 by William McElroy, but strikingly across the street from its present....  more »
  • This is a lot of fun if you're in the Union St. area. This is an 8 sided house that is over 150 years old. Cool historical value. Also a great little park and gardens. Just one of those kinda wacky things that we San Francisco folks love . Very interesting, about the Dames who saved this place. Check it out.
  • Best place to live around the area of the Union District.

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