Elihu Benjamin Washburne House

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Elihu Benjamin Washburne House
Galena IL Elihu B. Washburne House1.JPG
Elihu Benjamin Washburne House is located in Illinois
Elihu Benjamin Washburne House
Location 908 3rd St., Galena, Illinois
Coordinates 42°24′50″N 90°25′54″W / 42.41389°N 90.43167°W / 42.41389; -90.43167Coordinates: 42°24′50″N 90°25′54″W / 42.41389°N 90.43167°W / 42.41389; -90.43167
Area less than one acre
Built 1844
Architectural style Greek Revival
Governing body Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
NRHP Reference # 73000708[1]
Added to NRHP July 5, 1973

The Elihu Benjamin Washburne House is a Greek Revival house in the city of Galena, Illinois, USA. Constructed in 1844–45, the building was built for and owned by Elihu B. Washburne a nationally significant politician and Galena resident. The Washburne House was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

History[edit]

The Elihu Benjamin Washburne House was constructed in 1844–45 as a 1 12-story Greek Revival home for important Galena resident Elihu Benjamin Washburne. Washburne was a congressman and served a short stint as U.S. Secretary of State during the Ulysses S. Grant administration.[2] The house's present appearance is the result of a major remodeling and enlarging in 1859.[2]

Architecture[edit]

The Elihu B. Washburne House represents a good example of late Greek Revival architecture. The house was built in the style of Greek temples and features a 2-story porch with four fluted Doric columns.[2]

State Historic Site[edit]

The Elihu B. Washburne House is administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and is open to the public for tours.[3] The Washburne House is a declared Illinois State Historic Site.[4]

The house is open for guided tours of the first floor and two second-floor bedrooms. Tours emphasize Elihu Washburne and his Civil War-era friendships with Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. The rooms are furnished to reflect the mid-19th-century life of a well-to-do midwestern professional.

Historic significance[edit]

The U.S. National Register of Historic Places added the Washburne House to its listings on July 5, 1973.[1] The 1970s Illinois Historic Sites Survey noted the Washburne House for its importance architecturally as well as for its association with Elihu Benjamin Washburne.[5] The Washburne House also lies within the Galena Historic District, designated in 1969, the district has more than 1,000 contributing properties.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b c Campbell, Thomas A., Jr. "Elihu Benjamin Washburne House", (PDF), National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, pp. 1–5, accessed April 29, 2008.
  3. ^ "Washburne House", Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Historic Sites, accessed April 29, 2008.
  4. ^ Miller, Terry. "Galena State Historic Sites, official site, accessed April 29, 2008.
  5. ^ "Washburne-Sheehan House", (PDF), Illinois Historic Sites Survey Inventory, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, pp. 5–8, accessed April 29, 2008.
  6. ^ Kriviskey, Bruce M. "Historic District of the City of Galena, Illinois", (PDF), National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form, April 11, 1969, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, accessed April 27, 2008.

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