Preservation Photos #183

The Octagon School of East Bethel, VT built in 1842.

The Octagon School of East Bethel, VT built in 1842.

A known site in East Bethel, this octagon school is one of a kind. The design was supposed to allow for greater space in a one-room schoolhouse. It has a few additions, but you can clearly see the octagon shape in this image, along with original windows and screens. Peak into the windows and you’ll see a blackboard. Today the building is a library and community center. For a brief history on East Bethel, read this.

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10 thoughts on “Preservation Photos #183

  1. Love the large windows -theres probably not a single dark corner in that building. Orson Fowler would have been proud.

  2. 1842 is very early for an octagon structure. They didn’t really take off until the 1850′s….. The fact that its a school is even more unusual.

  3. Below is a link to a video I made of an octagon smoke house in Sparta, GA. Apparently octagon structures were a brief fad in the 1850s. The design was advocated by phrenology crank, Orson Fowler. It was a kind of 19th century version of feng shui.

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