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Nothing could stop Haller and Julia Nutt from building their dream home in the 1860s—except perhaps for the outbreak of the Civil War. Though the now-famous octagonal exterior and its Byzantine-style dome were largely finished, financial losses sustained during the war prevented the completion of all but nine of a total of 32 planned rooms. The family moved into the basement floor of the home as an interim measure, but Haller died of pneumonia before either the war or the home's construction came to an end. In 1971, the unfinished house, dubbed "Nutt's Folly," became a National Historic Landmark.
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