Tuesday, August 14, 2007


Other than simply because you might like the uniqueness of the shape, why would you build an octagon barn? It seems that there was a time, around the 1920s, when the agricultural community promoted octagon barns as the buildings of the future. It was felt that the shape would be better to work out of and that it would replace three or four buildings on the farm.

Sears Roebuck & Company even sold different size octagon barn package kits in their mail order catalog. You ordered the barn you wanted, they loaded the materials on a flat car in Chicago and shipped it to you.

We’re still waiting for the octagon to become the agriculture building of the future but it’s not likely it ever will because in actual use it did not prove to be handy to work in and probably more importantly it cost more to build.

This barn is located on Gettysburg-Pittsburg Road in Darke County, Ohio.

Another can be found on Neff Road also in Darke County.

A red one just north of Bradford, Ohio.

One of the nicest octagon barns in the area is located between Troy and Piqua, Ohio.

Less common than barns are octagon houses. This one is found along route 571 between Greenville and Union City, Ohio. It is believed to have originally been a cigar manufacturing facility. Apparently octagons didn’t prove to be the cigar factories of the future either. RMB

1 comment:

GibsonGirl said...

Great octagon house. I like how the porch mirrors the shape of the home.

Its one of my favorites and Ive visited many.

Even wrote a book on octagon houses.