Annawan Chapter House

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Annawan Chapter House
Annawan Chapter House is located in Illinois
Annawan Chapter House
Annawan Chapter House is located in the United States
Annawan Chapter House
Location206 S. Depot St.
Annawan, Illinois
Coordinates41°23′52″N 89°57′30″W / 41.39778°N 89.95833°W / 41.39778; -89.95833Coordinates: 41°23′52″N 89°57′30″W / 41.39778°N 89.95833°W / 41.39778; -89.95833
Area0.1 acres (0.040 ha)
ArchitectHelfensteller, Hirsch & Watson
Architectural stylePrairie School
MPSAmerican Woman's League Chapter Houses TR
NRHP reference #80001368[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 28, 1980

The Annawan Chapter House is a historic building located at 206 S. Depot St. in Annawan, Illinois. The building was constructed between 1909 and 1910 as a meetinghouse for Annawan's chapter of the American Woman's League. The American Woman's League was a political and social organization founded by magazine publisher Edward Gardner Lewis in 1908. The organization was created to promote feminist causes, particularly the women's suffrage movement; Lewis also intended for the organization to promote and sell his women's magazines. Lewis commissioned the St. Louis architectural firm of Helfensteller, Hirsch & Watson to design five classes of buildings which the League would use as meetinghouses. The Annawan Chapter House is an example of a Class I building, which was designed for clubs with 30 to 60 members. The building was designed in the Prairie School style and cost $1,200. After the club disbanded, the building was converted to a private home.[2]

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 28, 1980.[1] It is one of nine American Woman's League chapter houses on the National Register in Illinois.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Meyer, Pauline (July 12, 1980). "American Woman's League Chapter Houses in Illinois Thematic Resource". Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service. Retrieved February 5, 2014.