Archer House Hotel

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Archer House Hotel
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Archer House Hotel is located in Illinois
Archer House Hotel
Archer House Hotel is located in the US
Archer House Hotel
Location 717 Archer Ave., Marshall, Illinois
Coordinates 39°23′27″N 87°41′40″W / 39.39083°N 87.69444°W / 39.39083; -87.69444Coordinates: 39°23′27″N 87°41′40″W / 39.39083°N 87.69444°W / 39.39083; -87.69444
Area 0.1 acres (0.040 ha)
Built 1841 (1841)
NRHP reference # 76000685[1]
Added to NRHP March 16, 1976
Archer House in 2015

The Archer House Hotel is a historic hotel located at 717 Archer Ave. in Marshall, Illinois. Colonel William Archer, the founder of Marshall, opened the hotel in 1841. The brick hotel was one of the most lavish buildings in the city upon its opening. As a stopping point for stagecoach lines, the hotel was also the city's social center and the first place to receive out-of-town news. Archer was a Republican member of the Illinois Legislature for sixteen years and a friend and colleague of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln regularly visited Marshall, and he stayed in the hotel during his visits. Another U.S. president, Grover Cleveland, has also stayed at the hotel.[2]

The hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 16, 1976.[1]

From 1933-43, during the years when it was known as the National-Dixie Hotel, three of the rooms served as the Central Office of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women. Marshall resident Beatrice Stephenson Purdunn, a Pi Beta Phi alumna from the University of Illinois chapter. served as the Director of the Central Office.[3]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Downs, Charity Ann (April 19, 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Archer House Hotel" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ Arrow of Pi Beta Phi, Spring 2017, page 60.