Octagon Architecture Home in Red Wing

927 W 3rd St, Red Wing, Minnesota

This rare beauty in Red Wing, Minnesota was built in 1857 by James Lawther at the ripe old age of 25. Born in Ireland, he immigrated to the states in his teens and settled in Red Wing in 1855. He quickly became a prominent business man in the area, known for his real estate dealings and as a civic leader. Looks like he was also elected in 1861 as the mayor.

Reportedly he loved the Octagon design of the home for its best use of space and added to the “health and harmony” of its inhabitants. A few years after the original structure was built on its 18-inch solid rock foundation, Lawther added a kitchen, dining room, servants’ quarters, and carriage house.

Currently the home is under renovation, according the property owners website, which has been run as a bed and breakfast in the past.

4 Responses to “Octagon Architecture Home in Red Wing”

  1. Jeff says:

    The trim color harmonizes beautifully with the rich red brick. The octagonal footprint is interesting and leads me to wonder it there is a large central entrance hall. I hope they reopen soon as this would be an interesting place to visit. Thanks for the post!

  2. Hi Jeff,

    The house has pictures on their website of the interior, but I don’t know if anything has changed with the renovations. It will be interesting to see the updates when they reopen.

  3. Steve says:

    One of the most attractive octagonal houses I have seen, most in my area are of wood. Thanks for showing it, I enjoy your site.

    Steve Hull
    Greenfield, Indiana

  4. Thanks for reading Steve. My aunt lives in Greenfield, and I grew up in Columbus. I was back home this summer and wanted to photograph some of the historic architecture but ran out of time.

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