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HideAway Hill | Octagon (No. 292).

Most towns don’t have a single octagonal building. Provincetown has at least three. The most amazing is the Octagon, an organic creation designed and built by Jonathan Sinaiko, who was inspired by Handmade Houses: A Guide to the Woodbutcher’s Art. Sinaiko, filmmaker and craftsman, is the son of the artists Suzanne and Avrom “Arlie” Sinaiko. Another inspiration for this house, constructed between 1972 and 1976, was Conrad Malicoat, whose wildly organic fireplaces offered a model for the Octagon’s central fireplace and chimney, and for a bathroom composition in which bricks seem to peel away from the wall. (The other two octagonal structures, by the way, are 74 Commercial Street and 16 Winthrop Street.)

¶ Adapted from Building Provincetown (2015).



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