The OES visited the M.M. Crites Octagon House on October 25, 2003. This unique eight-sided home in Circleville is believed to have been built between 1855-56 by a man named George Gregg. The house may have been built to resemble the octogonal courthouse that was at Circleville’s center when the town was originally laid out in the form of a circle. The home featured a large free-standing spiral staircase in its center leading up to the second floor. The rooms were divided like a sliced pie. Every room had a door on each side to allow people to walk from room to room. The oak and pine woodwork of the home’s interior was spectacular. With a house this unique, who would want it gone? Apparently Walmart did. This created much controversy in Circleville because Walmart bought the land where the old Crites house sat to built a new Supercenter. Walmart originally wished to simply demolish the home to begin construction on their new store. Luckily the Roundtown Conservancy group came to the rescue! The group was able to raise enough money to move the home out Walmart’s way. In 2004, the home was raised, placed on a trailer and moved a little farther down the road. The home was eventually placed on a new foundation along Crites Road, but there has been no further progress in developing the site. Even though the building still sits unused as of this 2015 posting, it is better than losing the structure to the wrecking ball. The Roundtown Conservancy is still raising money to make repairs to the home. If you would like to donate to the cause, please visit the Roundtown Conservancy’s website. Thanks to Carla Gill for sending in the photo of the Octagon House on the trailer.
Location Information: Restoration In Progress
The M.M. Crites House is located at the bend in Crites Road in Circleville; Pickaway County.