The Wackiest Home in Every State

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South Dakota: The Onion House

Also known as the Thomas Lenehan House (as he was the one who built it), this famous home was erected in 1902 and features an incredibly distinctive onion-shaped dome. At one point, the dwelling was used as a hospital. Now, it’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Tennessee: Flying Saucer House

Built as a part of the flying saucer craze of the 1960s, this home in Chattanooga is still outfitted with many of the retro features it was originally built with, including the retractable staircase leading into the home (though it is now permanently stuck in the “down” position). Currently, the home can be rented.

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Texas: Steel House

In Lubbock, Texas, the Steel House, designed by architect Robert Bruno, was constructed over the course of three decades. But despite spending the better portion of his life on this architectural wonder, Bruno died before it was completed.

More than a decade later, the home still sits unfinished—though there are plans to move it to a different spot designed to memorialize his work.

Utah: Beehive House

Once the official residence of Brigham Young, the second president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this home gets its name for the feature on top of it that resembles a beehive.

The home was built in 1854 to accommodate Young’s large family (remember, he was a polygamist). It was also his official residence as the governor of Utah. Now, the stunning mansion serves as a museum and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Vermont: The Tack House

Constructed by architects Dave Sellers and William Reineke in the 1960s, the Tack House is among the most innovative architectural wonders in the country—and the one that reigns supreme in the state of Vermont.

After you’ve taken in the dramatic exterior of the home, you’ll be even more awestruck by the inside (and you can totally check it out, since the space is available to rent on Airbnb). Each of the three floors are connected by a series of ladders, with cozy sitting areas and nooks throughout.

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