Joshua Foer is a guest blogger on Boing Boing. Joshua is a freelance science journalist and the co-founder of the Atlas Obscura: A Compendium of the World's Wonders, Curiosities, and Esoterica, with Dylan Thuras.
The six-story-tall, 17,000-square-foot Gold Pyramid House in Wadsworth,
Illinois has to be one of the most bizarre homes ever constructed. Its
builders, Jim and Linda Onan explain in three nouns and two adjectives what their
unique home represents: "Power, Gold, Mystery, Exotic, and Impressive."
The Onans are subscribers to the seventies cult theory of "pyramid
power." Their home is believed to be the largest 24-karat gold-plated
object in North America.
The home is closed to tours, but I understand you can spy it from I-94, about half-way between Chicago and Milwaukee. If there's an eccentric home like this near you, please consider sharing your local treasure with the Atlas Obscura community.