Join us for a one-hour guided Victorian mansion tour focusing on the extraordinary preservation efforts involved in saving The Armour-Stiner Octagon House from almost certain demise. Book your tour online!
Victorian Springtime at The Octagon House
- General Admission Ages 12+
Take in Stunning New York Architecture on this Historic Home & Landscape Tour!
Experience this whimsical 1872 summer home and its marvelously intact, 19th-century landscape during the most delightful time of the year!
The Victorian mansion tour will include a brief history of specimen plants original to the property, the carefully restored Lord and Burnham greenhouse, the wonderfully romantic foxglove garden, (shaped in the exact size and footprint of the house itself!), and the charming octagonal birdhouse, (a scaled-down replica of the house). Visitors will also stroll the house’s wrap-around veranda that offers 360-degree views of the lush landscape, as well as particular architectural details which relate specifically to original plants and foliage of the grounds.
The tour continues inside the house, covering the first, second and third floors, which retain their magnificent Victorian ornamentation and furnishings.
Octagon House History
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.
The Armour-Stiner Octagon House and its grounds epitomize 19th-century Romanticism and its fascination with nature that permeated American lives and homes. This fascination was encouraged by the writings of AJ Downing, a young and brilliant horticulturist and amateur architect who revolutionized America’s gardens and homes in the 19th century. The Octagon House, gardens and architecture took Downing’s philosophy and maximized it to create a one-of-a-kind exemplar of romanticism and the picturesque that so imbued this era.
The Lombardi Family looks forward to sharing unknown aspects of their previously unseen, unique-to-the-world home. The Armour-Stiner Octagon House and its grounds are private property and all access is limited to tour ticket holders only.
– Our 1-hour tours are conducted by highly trained docents and include both the exterior and interior of the home.
– Tickets are required for all guests, including those under the age of 18. This experience is best suited for ages 12 and up – babies and toddlers (although delightful) are not appropriate to bring along for the tour.
– Free parking is available on site, along our driveway or in the circle in front of The Octagon House, but it is limited. Please do not park on West Clinton Avenue.
– We ask that you please arrive no more than 15 minutes before your tour time and depart within 15 minutes of the end of your tour. If possible, please carpool if coming as a group. This allows us to make sure all ticketed visitors have access to parking on the grounds.
– The tour is not recommended for individuals who will have difficulty walking up and down three flights of stairs or those who cannot stand for extended periods of time. Unfortunately, it is not suitable for wheelchair users or people with limited mobility.
– We have limited restroom facilities, so we recommend planning ahead and using the restroom before arriving at The Octagon House. Especially during busy times, our restroom may be unavailable prior to the start of your tour.
– Please leave all large belongings at home or in a vehicle, including luggage, large bags, tripods, and other similar items.
– Picnicking is not allowed on the grounds or the veranda, and food and drink are not allowed inside the house. Please make plans to enjoy your meal at another location, and leave these items in your vehicle while on the property.
– Pets are also not allowed inside the house or on the grounds whatsoever.
Non-flash photography is allowed inside the house, and we encourage sharing your tour experience on social media. Tag us in your posts! The Armour-Stiner Octagon House can be found on Facebook and Instagram.
Please refrain from using selfie sticks, tripods, or any other photography equipment while on the tour. For more information regarding photo shoots or commercial photography, please reach out to us at [email protected] before making a reservation.
The Octagon House is a private home. For this reason, we do not allow access to the gardens and grounds without a ticketed reservation, and certain areas of the home may not be available for viewing. We appreciate your cooperation in respecting these boundaries.
While touring, please stay with your guide and refrain from touching walls, finishes, furniture & objects. Please help us continue to preserve this magnificent home and its furnishings well into the future!
A discount is available for members of The National Trust for Historic Preservation. For more information, please email [email protected] before making reservations