‘ll admit it’s a completely delusional
exercise, but I do it anyway, staring wide-eyed at dreamy historic homes
where I could act out my own Daphne du Maurier novel. Today’s property
du jour, found wandering the internet, is a National Historic
Landmark, a unique octagon-shaped and domed Victorian style house known
as the Armour–Stiner House. It’s currently for rent with a rather hefty
price tag, but it can’t hurt to have a snoop around…
Located in Westchester, New York, this incredible house was built in
1859–1860 by financier Paul J. Armour, but the actual architect remains
unknown. The dome was added later by its next owner, Joseph Stiner, a
tea importer. It’s one of less than a hundred octagon houses still
extant in the United States.
From the 1940s until the 1970s, it was owned by an American author and
historian, Carl Carmer, who claimed the house was haunted. After that,
the house was unoccupied for several years and fell into disrepair.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation bought it to prevent it
from being demolished, but was unable to fund the amount of renovation
the property required.
In 1981, the house starred as the main setting for a particularly awful horror film called The Nesting
You can watch the trailer here
. Luckily the National Trust was
eventually able to sell the home to the perfect
candidate: a preservationist architect, Joseph Pell Lombardi, who has
transformed the house, interiors, grounds and outbuildings into what it
This Victorian wonderland
is up for rent at $40,000 a month. Let’s hope that’s just the screening price. Ouch.
Now, go make something beautiful!
(¸.•´♥ Tristan ♥
Not sure who the artist is, but I've fallen in love with these tiny theatres made
from matchboxes - and a lot of patience!