The Octagon House: Victorian Christmas Tour

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Suitable for children age 7 and older
Suitable for children age 7 and older
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Suitable for children age 7 and older
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By purchasing a ticket to a guided tour at The Armour-Stiner Octagon House, you (and your party) agree to WEAR A MASK THAT PROPERLY COVERS NOSE AND MOUTH AT ALL TIMES WHILE INSIDE THE HOUSE. There are no exceptions. Anyone who refuses to wear a mask inside the house will be asked to leave the tour without a refund. The Octagon House remains a private residence and we reserve the right to ask anyone to leave who does not comply with this requirement. 

"Victorian Christmas" at The Octagon House
Irvington, New York
Thursday through Monday until December 27, 2021

Celebrate the holiday season in Victorian splendor at The Armour-Stiner Octagon House in Irvington, New York.  Join us for an opportunity to experience this lyrical, eight-sided home surrounded by the sights of Christmas in 1872.  The restored National Landmark will be filled with elaborate holiday décor featuring wreaths, garlands, and the sparkle of ornaments on a grand Christmas Tree inside the salon. The event will run approximately 1 hour and is best suited for guests ages 7 and up. Parking is free but limited, we ask that guests arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to the event. 

Created as a whimsical summer retreat in 1872 by tea-importer Joseph Stiner, this National Historic Landmark's shape was based on the theories of Orson Squire Fowler, a phrenologist, who believed octagonal houses enclosed more space, allowed the sun in at all times, and permitted more views into the landscape. The Armour-Stiner Octagon House retains its magnificent ornamentation and furnishings and includes the only remaining Egyptian Revival Room in America with its original decoration and furniture.

Please note:  The Armour-Stiner Octagon House is a private family home.  This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users, people with limited mobility, or individuals with difficulty walking up and down flights of stairs.   Access to the house and grounds is available ONLY to ticket holders during the time and date assigned.  We thank you in advance for your understanding.  

General Information

  • The Armour-Stiner House is a private residence open for tours by appointment only. 

  • Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before your tour time, and please leave immediately after the tour is over, to allow for parking for the next tour.  Picnicking is not allowed. 

  • Masks are required to be worn inside the house at all times.  

  • The 1-hour tour is conducted by highly trained docents and includes an interior viewing of the house.

  • The tour is physically demanding and not recommended for individuals with difficulty walking up and down the stairs.

  • Comfortable shoes are recommended.

  • Not suitable for wheelchair users or people with limited mobility.


  • The Armour-Stiner Octagon House can be found on Facebook and Instagram: @armourstiner

  • Non-flash photography is permitted during tours. 

  • No selfie-sticks, tripods, or other external equipment, please.


  • Please park on-site in the circle in front of the Octagon House and along the driveway.

  • Please do not park on the street (West Clinton Avenue).

  • Since parking is limited, please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before your tour time, and please leave immediately after the tour is over, to allow for parking for the next tour.

Private Home

  • Octagon House is a private home - no touching of walls, finishes, furniture & objects.

  • Please leave all large belongings at home or in a vehicle.  This includes luggage, large bags, tripods, and other similar items. 

  • While touring, please do not linger - stay with the group while viewing the interior of the house. 

National Trust for Historic Preservation

  • A discount is available for members of The National Trust for Historic Preservation.  For more information, please email before making reservations.

The Lombardi Family looks forward to sharing unknown aspects of their previously unseen, unique-to-the-world home.   The Armour-Stiner Octagon House and its grounds are private property and access is limited to ticket holders only.  Thank you!


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The Armour-Stiner Octagon House 45 West Clinton Ave
Irvington, NY 10533
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