908 Third St Galena, Illinois USA

Elihu B. Washburne House

Construction date: 1843/1859/1860

Current name:

Elihu B. Washburne State Historic Site


Greek Revival

Historical Summary:

Elihu Washburne arrived in Galena in 1840. Had a law practice with Charles Hempstead. He was in US Congress from 1852 until 1869. He accepted and resigned as Grant's Sec. of State - March 10-16, 1869. He served as US Minister to France from 1869 - 1877. Major additions to the house were made in 1859 and 1860.

Significant Owner(s):

Elihu B. Washburne; Thomas Sheean owned the house in 1882.


Status of Historic Designation:

Designated at National level : Galena Historic District

Area(s) of Significance:

Politics and Government

Evaluation of Potential Eligibility:

Individually eligible
Potentially eligible as a contributing resource

Architectural Description:

This is a 2-story museum in the Greek Revival style built in 1843/1859/1860. The foundation is limestone. Exterior walls are brick, limestone. The building has a front-gable roof clad in asphalt shingles. Windows are original wood 6/6 double- or single-hung, Palladian. The porch is original, Full-width, two- or more stories; Wood materials; Classical supports. Doors are original wood, glass glazed, paneled, recessed entry with transom.

Description generated by RuskinARC.