1860 Stable – Thompson, PA

SOLD / Archived From 2017
Added to OHD on 3/6/17 - Last OHD Update: 2/14/18 - 24 Comments
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Quaint, Historic building on 4 acres! Post and beam building built in the 1800s as stable for the Borden Farm, unique design of ceiling timbers in spoke pattern, copula above center of three bedrooms on second floor. Pellet stove remains, once used as a year round home, now only for weekend adventures on the flat partially wooded property located on quiet road close to Elk Mtn. Property would make a unique gift shop or artist studio!
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24 Comments on 1860 Stable – Thompson, PA

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  1. Tommy QTommy Q says: 450 comments

    Wow, I could live here easily. Wonder how cold it is inside during winter?

  2. Tony says: 74 comments

    If I ever have to downsize….This is what I want it to be like….What a cool little pad..I dig it!

  3. Barreleh says: 40 comments

    It this a TARDIS?? Looks not much bigger than a shed in the exterior photos.

  4. Diane says: 58 comments

    I love the octagon houses. Wonderful to see one here! I think its octagon, isn’t it? (The extension built on doesn’t count.)
    Octagons typically are warmer in winter and cooler in summer than regularly designed houses. Domes, octagons and straw-built are, I believe, the best for warmth and cooling features due to design and construction. If someone knows otherwise, as always, I’m happy to be informed.

  5. Devon Hoerner says: 59 comments

    That is much bigger inside than I thought it would be.. Neat!

  6. bill whitman says: 195 comments

    Probably insulated but I think I would put a fan up in the cupola to push the heat back down. what a cute little unique house

  7. Ladyhart says: 15 comments

    What fun, like living in a yurt!

  8. Jean Spencer says: 43 comments

    I have to say, my favorite part is seeing an old table in the middle of the kitchen instead of an island. How homey!

  9. Deb says: 11 comments

    How cute and what a bargain for the price!

  10. LorenN says: 102 comments

    For someone with not much money for a home this is far better than a mobile “tiny house” on wheels looking for land to rent/lease or a mobile home. Looks very structurally sound & such a large kitchen for a small home, I mean Stable! Bucolic and on 4 acres lines with old stone walls!
    I bet that Barn Red color is stunning in the snow. What character!

  11. Colleen Johnson says: 1304 comments

    Wow that’s such an interesting house!!!

  12. Laurie W. says: 1458 comments

    Cool house. A lot of potential fun living there, especially in such a pretty, bucolic setting. I’m trying to imagine how it was laid out as a stable, without much success. If I could live alone and in PA, I’d head here!

  13. JOanne says: 8 comments

    Very cool house. I didn’t see a bathroom though?

  14. Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 1592 comments

    For those of you who have read “The Cat Who…” series by (RIP) Lilian Jackson Braun, this reminds me of a smaller, less fancy wood version of Qwill’s stone apple barn.

  15. Eric says: 182 comments

    I wonder if this home was a Samuel Sloan design. He was big on octagon homes like the epic Longwood in Natchez, MS. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longwood_(Natchez,_Mississippi)

  16. John Shiflet says: 1 comments

    Here’s one of the rare (even rarer now) Octagon style structures. Was this originally a residence or a barn/stable?
    Noted phrenologist, self-proclaimed health authority, and architectural author, Orson Squire Fowler came out in 1849 with A HOME FOR ALL-The Octagon House book. In it, he explained the practical advantages he perceived about Octagons and stressed the economy of construction especially if his suggested mix of concrete aggregate for poured walls were used. For a couple of decades after A Home For All came out, Octagons were sporadically built and they peaked in popularity between 1850 and 1870. However, I know of a Minnesota Octagon example the owner says there is irrefutable evidence of an early 1880’s construction date. Octagons were the Geodesic Domes of the Victorian Age. In answer to Eric, this simple form Octagon was likely designed and built by a local carpenter or contractor. The plans to build it were illustrated in Fowler’s book. Samuel Sloan (MODEL ARCHITECT, Vols. I & II 1852) was more oriented towards high style (for his time) structures. Longwood, or Nutt’s Folly, was inspired by Middle Eastern Octagonal structures like the Dome of the Rock Mosque in Jerusalem. In MODEL ARCHITECT Sloan shows Moorish style arches so if the final design for Longwood had been completed (stopped by the Civil War and never resumed) it would have been an exotic Moorish Revival style house. The famous Armor-Steiner Octagon mansion in NY had its first phase of construction completed in 1860 so this time was a productive and creative phase for the short lived Octagon fad. Octagons are a rare and unique chapter in American architectural history, so I hope the next owner cherishes this one and preserves it proudly for the future. If it were mine, I’d remove as many of the more recent alterations as possible to make it resemble once again an Octagon residence of that time.

  17. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4284 comments

    Hmmm…wonder how I went from about 5,000 comments down to 1? Has the message post count been reset? No problem, just curious.

  18. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4284 comments

    Thanks for clarifying; my only excuse was that it was late.

  19. Jennifer HT says: 798 comments

    So quaint and charming!

  20. Mystra says: 20 comments

    Oh, a RED Tardis! Be still my beating heart. Add a creek and I’m there

  21. Sonja Ward says: 10 comments

    love how open it is. looks small in the pictures but the openness makes it seem so big

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