Elijah P. Curtis House

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Elijah P. Curtis House
Elijah P. Curtis House is located in Illinois
Elijah P. Curtis House
Location 405 Market St., Metropolis, Illinois
Coordinates 37°9′4″N 88°44′2″W / 37.15111°N 88.73389°W / 37.15111; -88.73389Coordinates: 37°9′4″N 88°44′2″W / 37.15111°N 88.73389°W / 37.15111; -88.73389
Area less than one acre
Built 1870 (1870)
Built by Fardell, Joseph Alexander
Architectural style Classical Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 78001172[1]
Added to NRHP June 9, 1978

The Elijah P. Curtis House is a historic house located at 405 Market Street in Metropolis, Illinois. The Classical Revival house was built in 1870 for Elijah P. Curtis. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and now houses the Massac County Historical Museum.


Born in 1834, Elijah P. Curtis settled in Massac County at a young age. Curtis earned his law degree in 1860 and practiced law prior to the outset of the Civil War. After the war began, Curtis and two other men organized the first volunteer Union regiment from Massac County. In 1863, Curtis was promoted to the rank of major. Curtis continued his work as a lawyer after the war.[2]

Curtis commissioned his historic house in 1870. The house's builder, Joseph P. Farrell, was a local artisan renowned for the quality of his work. The house remains well-preserved and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 9, 1978.[1] The Massac County Historical Society currently owns the home, which it uses as the Massac County Historical Museum.[2][3]


The Curtis House is a two-story brick building designed in the Classical Revival style. A two-story entrance portico dominates the front facade of the home. The portico is supported by octagonal columns, features a porch with a balustrade on both stories and is topped by a triangular pediment. The first and second story entrance feature identical doorways with transoms, sidelights, and flanking pilasters. Two double-hung six-over-six windows are located on both stories on each side of the portico; the windows are separated by brick pilasters. The house's interior has a symmetrical plan with two main rooms on each floor and a central foyer and staircase.[2]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b c Leonard, Mary J. (September 22, 1977). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Elijah P. Curtis Home". National Park Service. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Property Information Report: Curtis, Elijah P., House". Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Retrieved January 17, 2014.