David Van Gelder Octagon House

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David Van Gelder Octagon House
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David Van Gelder Octagon House is located in New York
David Van Gelder Octagon House
Location Catskill, New York
Coordinates 42°13′4″N 73°52′26″W / 42.21778°N 73.87389°W / 42.21778; -73.87389Coordinates: 42°13′4″N 73°52′26″W / 42.21778°N 73.87389°W / 42.21778; -73.87389
Built 1860
Architectural style Octagon Mode
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 97001620
Added to NRHP January 16, 1998[1]

The David Van Gelder Octagon House, also known as Springside is located at 21 Walnut Street in Catskill, New York. The brick house was built in 1860. It is architecturally significant as an example of an octagon house. The eight-sided plan was made popular in the mid-19th century by phrenologist Orson Squire Fowler. He called the floor plan "a superior plan". It includes four large square rooms and four small triangular rooms on each of the two floors. Two corners of each of the triangular rooms are small triangular closets. A central stair rises through the house to the cupola on the roof. A kitchen wing was added, likely in the mid-1870s.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.[1]

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