Circles and Squares

by nkluz

I relocated a while ago to Somerville, which makes me non-contemporaneous neighbors with Enoch Robinson. After moving to Somerville from Boston in 1847, the hardware, lock and knob-maker constructed the “Round House” on Atheron St. It’s in the Spring Hill area of town.

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According to this informative article, “fascinated by challenges, Enoch Robinson invented perpetual motion machines as a hobby” as well as building himself this house, which reminds me of a cross between a birthday cake and a light house. Robinson also made some pretty intricate-sounding glass and metal hardware that’s still in public buildings around Boston.

I’m sure you could do something here with the phrase about “fitting a square peg in a round hole” but can’t think of it right now.

According to Wikipedia, the house is an offspring of the ideas of Orson Fowler, the mid-19th-century phrenologist and social reformer who wrote the book The Octagon House: A Home for All. Not just a novelty, the round or octagonal house is a utopian idea – a more innovative place to live.

Also, there’s supposed to be a round skylight at the top of the house – !

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