It’s not surprising that a home originally built in 1856 would have a slew of aliases. The Lukens Pierce House, named for its builder and original occupant, is also known as Octagon House (servicey!), Fallowfield (Austeny!), and Towerville (Timberlakey!). “Lukens” seems to have stuck, perhaps because the builder was — as the leading octagon house cataloguer describes him — “one of the largest nurseryman in the country at that time.” The home, which is on the National Historic Register, is well-known in what one imagines is the rather insular octagonal-house enthusiast community.
In addition to its historical cachet, Octagon House offers five enormous bedrooms with four giant walk-in closets; original detailing like deep, curved windowsills; 10-foot ceilings; and a spiral staircase at the center of the home that competes with a series of original built-ins for Most Charming Architectural Element.
THE FINE PRINT
Square feet: 3,072