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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

138-0034 The Hexagon House

The Hexagon House
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VLR Listing Date 04/21/1987

NRHP Listing Date 09/10/1987

NPS property number 87001550

This distinctive structure, Virginia’s only known hexagonal dwelling, was built in 1871-73 for James W. Burgess. Its polygonal form was likely influenced by Orson S. Fowler’s A Home For All (1853), a theoretical architectural work which advocated the octagon as the most practical, economical, and healthful form for American dwellings. In keeping with Fowler’s recommendation, each of the principal rooms in the Hexagon House has ventilators to remove “bad” air. James W. Burgess was a successful furniture dealer and also sold caskets. The house and its sloping park-like grounds, a vestige of 19th-century romantic landscaping, is owned by the Glass-Glen Burnie Foundation.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018