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Guided Tours

Visit the only known residence built in the form of a domed, ancient classical temple.

Created as a whimsical summer retreat in 1872 by tea-importer Joseph Stiner, this National Historic Landmark's shape was based on the theories of Orson Squire Fowler, a phrenologist, who believed octagonal houses enclosed more space, allowed the sun in at all times, and permitted more views into the landscape.  This lyrical home retains its magnificent ornamentation and furnishings and contains the only remaining Egyptian Revival Room in America with its original decoration and furniture.

General Information

  • The fully informative tour fee is $29 for adults

  • Best suited for ages 12 years and older 

  • The 1-hour tour in groups of 12-18 people is guided by highly trained docents and includes the three principal floors of the house. 

  • Non-flash photography is permitted during tours. Tagging photos using the hashtag #armourstinerhouse

  • No selfie sticks, tripods, or other external equipment, please.



  • Please park on-site in the circle in front of the Octagon House and along the driveway.

  • Please do not park on the street (West Clinton Avenue).

  • Since parking is limited, please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before your tour time, and please leave after the tour is over, to allow for parking for the next tour.



  • Not suitable for wheelchair users or people with limited mobility.

  • The tour is physically demanding and not recommended for individuals with difficulty walking up and downstairs.

  • Comfortable shoes are recommended.

Private Home

  • Octagon House is a private home - no touching of walls, finishes, furniture & objects.

  • Please lock large bags and backpacks in your car.

  • While touring, please do not linger - stay with the group to hear the highly informative talk about each room.

The Lombardi Family looks forward to sharing unknown aspects of their unique-to-the-world home. 

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