498- The Octagon House

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498- The Octagon House

99% Invisible producer emeritus Avery Trufelman traveled from New York to San Francisco recently, and took host Roman Mars to see an unusually shaped old building on the west side of the Bay. As it turns out, this peculiar octagonal home isn't unique -- there was a whole architectural fad of building these back in the mid 1800s, tapping into a parallel trend: self-improvement.

Publisher Orson Fowler (most famous for being a phrenologist) used his professional position to self-publish a book about the many benefits, health and otherwise, of living in an octagonal home. His book, Octagon House: A Home For All, became a sensation. In its wake, hundreds of octagon houses started popping up all over the country.

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  • Roober54

    Very thought out! Can't wait to try it out.

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    laurin

    10:30 --> 20:00 amazing bit

    4 months ago·8 likes·
  • Sophie

    This is how all podcasts should be

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    Moriss

    Insightful and timely. Heartfelt words of personal and intuitive wisdom. Matt speaks directly from his heart about life wisdom’s coming from experience and deep thought. I love it. Victoria Mcknight

    4 months ago·7 likes·
    Moriss

    Very thought out! Can't wait to try it out.

    4 months ago·4 likes·
    Lisaa

    the intro is way to long but good episode still skip till 5:30

    4 months ago·4 likes·
  • Lisaa

    Great episode loved the thing but the intro was a little long

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    Sophie

    Gold. Jesus Christ. How do you do it?

    4 months ago·1 like·
    Josh

    Andrew, you're the man! Nobody else provides this content to the extent you do. Thank you!

    4 months ago·8 likes·
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