An 1855 Octagon House Puzzle

The best way to learn about historic houses is to look at them closely, and the most fun way to look at them closely is to do a puzzle showing a wonderful historic house! So, we made a unique and interesting collection of Historic House Puzzles for you to enjoy!

An 1855 Octagon House Historic House Puzzle
An 1855 Octagon House

The 1855 Captain George Scott House in Wiscasset, Maine was likely inspired by “Squire” Orson S. Fowler’s 1848 book, “The Octagon Mode,” which promoted the building of octagonal houses. Fowler believed them to be “optimal for modern family living.”

His designs typically featured a central hall and spiral stair and such modern conveniences as closets (in all the odd triangular spaces left over when placing rectangular rooms in an octagon), central heating, and indoor plumbing. They were America’s first house fad. Like most fads, it was short lived. Most were built (with detailing in a variety of popular styles of the period) within a decade of the book’s publication. Relatively rare house types and styles have added historic significance and their preservation should be a priority.

“Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” was written to help people understand what is significant about their house and how to preserve the character-defining features while making it livable in the 21st century.

Click on the dashed box at the top-right in the puzzle box below to open the puzzle to full screen. In the top left, you can change the number of pieces (100 pieces is the default), toggle piece rotation, and change the background color. Then hit “OK” and have fun!

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