He needed to get to Keith's level, 'cause Keith had that Octagon style
, which everybody loved.
The octagon style
had a relatively short period in which it was popular, and even then it is estimated that only about 2,000 of this style of homes were built in the United States and Canada, and that about 500 of these homes remain.
The book, coupled with Fowler's efforts to promote the Octagon style
of architecture, led to a vogue for octagonal houses in the mid-nineteenth century.