Danbury’s Historic Octagon House Still Waiting for a Chance to Shine
At 21 Spring Street in Danbury is a home that was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. It's known as the Octagon House, and in its day, it was in pristine condition and one of the few remaining homes of its kind in the country.
In the later part of 2015, the City of Danbury purchased the home for $135,000, promising to restore it into a revival showpiece. Repairs were made to the house, but the work to restore the Octagon House to its glory days was stalled.
According to the website octagon.bobanna.com, the house was built in 1853, and in August of 2004, the family that owned it for 75 years sold it to Danbury resident Jose Nunez.
Before the City of Danbury purchased the Octagon House in 2015, it had fallen into severe disrepair. In 2013, the house was trashed due to foreclosures, vandals, squatters, and drug users.
In 2016, according to an article in ctinsider.com, Mayor Mark's plan was to bring the Octagon House back to its original splendor. The new interim mayor, Joe Cavo, told them,
The goal was we didn't want to lose this piece of Danbury history but with the some economic issues that we've come across in the state and the city, and now more than ever with this pandemic, that house is not our priority.
After not being able to come up with the grant money to refurbish the Octagon House to its original beauty, the city settled for waterproofing and securing the structure to keep out the nasty weather and squatters.
According to ctinsider.com, a plan to establish a preservation trust for city historic sites that was announced at the end of 2019 is still a possibility to help bring the Octagon House back to its original grandeur. To read about its fascinating history, click this link.