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Octagon House Review

This eight-sided home sits across the street from its original site on Gough Street; it's one of two remaining octagonal houses in the city (the other is on Russian Hill), and the only one open to the public. White quoins accent each of the eight corners of the pretty blue-gray exterior, and a colonial-style garden completes the picture. The house is full of antique American furniture, decorative arts (paintings, silver, rugs), and documents from the 18th and 19th centuries. A deck of Revolutionary-era hand-painted playing cards takes an antimonarchist position: in place of kings, queens, and jacks, the American upstarts substituted American statesmen, Roman goddesses, and Indian chiefs.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 2645 Gough St. near Union St., Cow Hollow, San Francisco, CA 94123 | Map It
  • Phone: 415/441–7512
  • Cost: Free, donations encouraged
  • Hours: Feb.–Dec., 2nd Sun. and 2nd and 4th Thurs. of month noon–3; group tours weekdays by appointment
  • Location: Pacific Heights
Updated: 05-01-2013

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