The Blackburn Barn

Polygonal buildings originated with the eccentric American author, Orson Squire Fowler, who wrote on a variety of subjects, including phrenology: the study of bumps on the head. He made a fortune from sales of his sex manual, which he published in the 1840’s. In 1849 he published the book “A Home For All” in which he advocated that homes should be built with eight sides, since the octagon was the closest linear shape to a circle, which he believed was nature’s ideal. He did extensive speaking tours through Upstate New York and Ontario, promoting this concept. The Blackburn Barn, built by Daniel Cunningham in Caledon in 1894 is a very late example of the style.


8″ X 12″





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