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McElhinny House

Coordinates: 41°0′35″N 91°57′45″W / 41.00972°N 91.96250°W / 41.00972; -91.96250
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McElhinny House
McElhinny House is located in Iowa
McElhinny House
McElhinny House is located in the United States
McElhinny House
Location300 N. Court St.
Fairfield, Iowa
Coordinates41°0′35″N 91°57′45″W / 41.00972°N 91.96250°W / 41.00972; -91.96250
Arealess than one acre
Architectural styleGreek Revival
NRHP reference No.77000524[1]
Added to NRHPDecember 19, 1977

The McElhinny House is a historic building located in Fairfield, Iowa, United States. Built about 1850, the house is a dwelling from the city's early years. The two-story frame structure follows an L-shaped plan. Its prominent feature is the two-story porch that covers three of the five bays on the main facade. It was built for Robert McElhinny, a Pennsylvania native. He was elected the first president of the Jefferson County Library Association, one of the first groups of this type in Iowa.[2] He also served on the board of Fairfield University when it was established in 1854, and contributed to its successor, Parsons College, at its founding. The house went on to become the home of the Fairfield Women's Club. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.[1]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ Karen A. Rubey, Ruth Kirchwehm. "McElhinny House". National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-05-19. with three photos from 1977