Joseph Pell Lombardi


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The Armour-Stiner (Octagon) House
Irvington-On-Hudson, New York


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The Armour-Stiner (Octagon) House is one of the most visually unique homes in the world. It is the only known residence constructed in the eight-sided, domed colonnaded shape of a classic Roman Temple.

The Octagon House was originally built in the 1860s following the publication of The Octagon House, a Home for All by Orson Squire Fowler, a phrenologist, sexologist and amateur architect. Fowler advocated octagonal instead of four-sided houses on the supposition that the shape enclosed more space, created rooms which received twice as much sunlight and had greater accessibility to each other.

In 1872, the house was purchased by Joseph Stiner, a prominent New York City tea merchant. His alterations created the present lyrical structure. The exterior embellishments are extraordinarily festive with floral detailing in the cast iron cresting and railings and elaborately carved wood scrollwork and capitals – all painted in shades of rose, blue, violet and red. The interiors are equally decorative with painted and stenciled ceilings, trim with gold, silver and bronze leaf and unique 8-sided motifs in the plasterwork, woodwork and etched glass.

Subsequent owners of the house have been imaginative people. In the 1930s it was occupied by Aleko E. Lilius, a Finnish writer and explorer who had lived with a female pirate who plundered ships off the coast of China. Carl Carmer, the celebrated author, poet and historian, resided in the house from 1946 to the time of his death in 1976. The house plays a role in a number of his published tales, including stories of a resident ghost.

Shortly after the death of Carl Carmer, the house was acquired by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Unstable and in need of restoration, it was the first house to be resold to a private citizen. Joseph Pell Lombardi, the owner, is a Preservation Architect who has conserved the house, interiors, grounds and outbuildings.

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Front View

                                 The Front View

From the Northeast

From the Northeast             


                            The Dome

The Entrance Hall

                               The Entrance Hall

Dining Room

                               The Dining Room

The Dance Room

                                The Dance Room

Foxglove Garden

                        The Foxglove Garden

Foxglove Garden

                   Inside the Foxglove Garden

Joseph Stiner

                           Joseph Stiner




                            The Kitchen


                                The Library

Master Bedroom

                          The Master Bedroom


                               The Salon


                             The Solarium

Music Room

                         Egyptian Revival Music Room




Photograph - Rossa Cole Photography

Gas Lamp

                       South-West Lamp

Stair - Rossa Cole

Garden Stair
Conservation - Sebastian Lane / Photograph - Rossa Cole Photography

View From the North-West

                            The Verandah

House Barn

                    The Carriage House/Barn

Well House

                               The Well House

Basement Floor Plan

                                         Basement Floor Plan

First Floor Plan

                                          First Floor Plan

Second Floor Plan

                                      Second Floor Plan

Third Floor Plan

                                           Third Floor Plan

Dance Room Plan

                                          Fourth Floor Plan


                                           The Observatory


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