Danbury Purchases Dilapidated 1852 Octagon House Off Foreclosure Market

by San Antonio Attorney

Three months ago, the officials in Connecticut stood in front of the Octagon House and promised the city to restore it to beauty and prominence. Now, the city has taken control of the century old structure.

From the look of decline, the city’s objective is to restore it into its former glory.  The city’s purchase of the eight-sided home for $135,000 is just the first step.  The city will commence in restoring the home’s historic exterior and transform the interior into city offices this coming spring.  The proposed offices will be the police substation and the new headquarters for Danbury’s Unified Neighborhood Inspection Team or UNIT.

The city’s revival plans include promoting the Octagon’s address, Spring Street that has been degraded for quite some time.  A community garden will be installed in the backyard of the Spring Street home and it would be sponsored by a nonprofit organization.

Spring Street earned its reputation for numerous complaints for years due to the foreclosed Octagon House and a nearby emergency shelter called Dorothy Day Hospitality House that promoted squatting, drug-dealing and prostitution.

The Octagon House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the few remaining homes that possess its octagon like quality.

Despite its dilapidated condition, the Octagon House’s elegance stands out.  The house has graceful verandas and decorated eaves from the outside and sturdy concrete walls on the inside.

The property had been on the market for a cost of $190,000.  Should the house not reach a fair-market price with the bank, the city was planning to take over by eminent domain.

The building cost would be take about 18 months to renovate and will mobilize once a historical audit and architectural study of the structure is complete.

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