The Armour-Stiner Octagon House is the most architecturally distinct building in the Irvington-Tarrytown area (a region that’s packed with regal historic estates like Kykuit) and perhaps the entire Hudson Valley.
The home – built in 1860 and expanded upon in the 1870s – is said to be one of the “most lavish octagon houses” and final survivors from a time when octagonal homes were actually trendy. Built to replicate Donato Bramante’s famed Tempietto in Rome, the Armour-Stiner’s stunning design earned it a listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Armour-Stiner Octagon House is elaborately and colorfully detailed from its veranda to its greenhouse – all of which has been perfectly preserved thanks to preservation architect and owner Joseph Pell Lombardi. Besides its unique architecture, the house notably features a scenic property that overlooks the Hudson River. Its location is best appreciated from the fifth-story observatory atop the dome.
If you’re to believe former Armour-Stiner resident and famed writer Carl Cramer, the house may or may not be haunted. It also had a brief cameo alongside U2’s Bono in Across The Universe.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
If – like us – you were wondering if you could book a weekend here, you’ll be sad to know this is not an option. Thankfully, the owners have opened up the one-of-a-kind home for tours, which you can book online.
The Armour-Stiner Octagon House is typically open for visits Thursday through Monday and is closed during the winter. Tours last about an hour and are $26 per adult. Note: tours must be booked in advance; walk-ups are not permitted.