George Caleb Bingham House

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George Caleb Bingham House
George Caleb Bingham House, Arrow Rock State Park, Arrow Rock (Saline County, Missouri).jpg
George Caleb Bingham House in 1942
George Caleb Bingham House is located in Missouri
George Caleb Bingham House
George Caleb Bingham House is located in the US
George Caleb Bingham House
Location Arrow Rock, Missouri
Coordinates 39°4′15″N 92°56′35″W / 39.07083°N 92.94306°W / 39.07083; -92.94306Coordinates: 39°4′15″N 92°56′35″W / 39.07083°N 92.94306°W / 39.07083; -92.94306
Area less than one acre
Built 1837
Architect Bingham,George Caleb
Architectural style Federal
Part of Arrow Rock Historic District (#66000422)
NRHP Reference # 66000423
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHL December 21, 1965[2]
Designated NHLDCP May 23, 1963

The George Caleb Bingham House is a historic house, part of Arrow Rock State Historic Site in Arrow Rock, Missouri. Built in 1837, it was the principal residence of portraitist and landscape painter George Caleb Bingham (1811–79) from 1837 to 1845. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965.[2][3]

Description and history[edit]

The George Caleb Bingham House is located in the rectangular grid of streets that make up the village of Arrow Rock, near its eastern end at the southeast junction of 1st and High Streets. This property is included in, and forms part of the northern boundary of, the Arrow Rock State Historic Site. The house is a small single-story brick structure, with a three-bay front facade, side gable roof, and chimneys built into the end walls. Its main block has two rooms, and there is a wood frame addition to the rear.<re fname="nrhpinv2"/>

The house was built in 1837 by George Caleb Bingham, then just married and starting his career. He lived intermittently in this house until 1845, and it is where he developed his signature style of portrait and landscape painting that featured the landscapes and people of the Missouri frontier.[3]

The house underwent a number of significant changes after Bingham moved out. By 1870 it had reportedly been enlarged, and a second story added. In 1926 it was purchased by a preservationist, and it was acquired by the state in 1934. It was then subjected to a restoration that removed all additions and reduced it to its brick core. It was given a more thoughtful restoration in 1964-65, whose goal was to return it to a Federal style appearance, given that there was little documentary evidence of its condition during Bingham's residency.[3]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Bingham, George Caleb, House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-06-25. 
  3. ^ a b c Stephen Lissandrello (December 23, 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Bingham (George Caleb) Home" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 2 exterior photos from 1966 (32 KB)

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