The Icing on the Cake

Octagonal Victorian Gothic landmark in Westchester County, New York available for rent; Bono was filmed there and it includes the only domestic Egyptian Revival room in existence


A Victorian Gothic house in Irvington, Westchester County, New York that resembles a wedding cake has been put on the market to rent for £30,300 per month ($40,000, €33,200 or درهم147,000 per month).


Built for a financier named Paul J. Armour between 1859 and 1860, this octagon shaped and domed landmark was subsequently home to the author Carl Carmer (1893 – 1976) – best known for his widely praised book Stars Fell on Alabama – between 1940 and his death. The building was later the main setting for the less popular (and seized and confiscated in the UK under Section 3 of the Obscene Publications Act 1959) 1981 horror film The Nesting and then completely renovated by the award winning conservationist architect Joseph Pell Lombardi.


The Octagon House in 1882 and 1975
The Octagon House in the 1981 film “The Nesting”; the then owner launched a $1 million lawsuit against the filmmakers after they supposedly trashed the building


Known alternatively as the Armour-Stiner House, the Carmer Octagon House, The Octagon House or simply 45 West Clinton Avenue, the National Register of Historic Places listed residence is being marketed by agents William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty as “one of the most visually unique homes in the world.” It stands on a plot close to the Hudson River of 3.05 acres, provides 8,400 square foot of accommodation and has a drawing room, dining room, ballroom, 7 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Within the grounds is an original Lord & Banham conservatory and a carriage house that provides garaging for 4 vehicles.


Especially impressive architectural features of the building number the only domestic Egyptian Revival room still in existence, an attic with a staircase to a stunning cupola and a wraparound veranda with 56 columns. In the 2007 film Across the Universe, the billionaire Irish singer-songwriter Bono (playing a character named ‘Dr Robert’) described The Octagon House as the “Headquarters of the League of Spiritual Deliverance.” It most definitely abounds in such.


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  1. Disgusting!!!!!!!!! WTF??????? Knock it down!!!!!!!!! Wrecking ball required!!!!!!!!!! Just like the kind of thing Queen Victoria would have shagged the servants in!!!!!!!!!!! The interior looks like a bloody f****** curry house!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rubbish!!!!!!!!! Junk!!!!!!!!!!! Not suitable in a country that wants to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!! Donny T would not call this beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!! Bulldozer needed urgently!!!!!!!!!!

  2. One of the best restorations I have ever seen!!

    Thank God it was rescued.

    The furniture alone is drool-worthy but the woodwork, the etched glass and of course the total uniqueness of the home–
    Love it.


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