Octagon House

276 Linden St., Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

Octagon House that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad.


Overview Looking Southwest

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Remember, these homes are privately owned and occupied. They are NOT open to the general public. PLEASE respect the privacy rights of these owners. Remain on public throughfares and DO NOT trespass!

This is one of two octagon houses in Fond du Lac. The octagon home was the brainchild of Orson Squire Fowler, who was better known as a phrenologist. His book, The Octagon House: A Home for All was quite popular in the mid 19th century. In it, he points out that octagons provide more interior space while using less land than rectangular designs. He also claimed octagons were cheaper to heat, could use central heating, were easier to keep cool with central ventilation through a cupola.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in July 2010




This house was featured in an episode of the History Channel program American Pickers.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 3, 1972
Reference number
Architectural style
Victorian: Octagon Mode
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Period of significance
Significant year
ca. 1856

Update Log 

  • September 21, 2012: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added to category "Underground railroad"
  • July 12, 2010: New photos from J.R. Manning