“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Prescott in Yavapai County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)

The Day Octagon

The Day Octagon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
1. The Day Octagon Marker
Inscription. The Day Octagon is the oldest known fired brick building in Arizona. Built in 1877 by Lowell and Crouch for Dr. Warren E. Day, it is significant as the first surgical hospital in Arizona Territory, where Dr. Day pulled teeth, delivered babies, fitted eyeglasses and cared for the community's other medical needs. It embodies many of the features described by Orson Fowler in his book "The Octagon House A Home for All". Fowler subscribed to the idea that the octagon was the shape most closely a sphere and was, therefore, ideal for houses.

Dr. Warren E. Day was a colorful figure in the history of the Territory. His bravery and medical expertise during the Civil War gained the respect of General George Crook, who asked Day to come to Fort Verde, Arizona Territory, with him in 1873. In 1876 Day came to Prescott to establish a medical practice. He married a widow, Bridget Cordon in 1880. They had ten children. Dr. Day continued to practice in the area until the 1920's.

The rectangular portion of the Day Octagon was added in 1888. The building was later used as a commercial laundry and as offices. The Day Octagon was completely restored in 1987 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Erected by by the City of Prescott.
The Day Octagon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
2. The Day Octagon Marker
34° 32.519′ N, 112° 28.007′ W. Marker is in Prescott, Arizona, in Yavapai County. Marker is on East Gurley Street east of South Marina Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 212 East Gurley Street, Prescott AZ 86301, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hassayampa Inn (within shouting distance of this marker); Prescott High School and the Yavapai Club (within shouting distance of this marker); The Carnegie Library (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Washington School (about 400 feet away); Nob Hill (about 500 feet away); Prescott National Bank (about 500 feet away); The Bank of Arizona and the Electric Buildings (about 600 feet away); Knights of Pythias Building (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Prescott.
Also see . . .  Orson S. Fowler. He was the foremost proponent of phrenology in the United States when that pseudo-science was all the rage; he was the creator of the architectural design of octagon houses, a form which spread across the nation. (Submitted on July 17, 2010.) 
Categories. Notable Buildings
The Day Octagon image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
3. The Day Octagon
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 756 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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