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Thursday, April 25, 2019 12:09 am

Elijah Iles House


The Elijah Iles House was built in the 1830s, making it one of Springfield’s oldest houses. There is evidence that it was designed by the same architect who designed the Old State Capitol. It is one of Illinois’ earliest residences in the Greek Revival style of architecture. Two of Springfield’s most famous citizens, Abraham Lincoln and poet Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, are known to have visited the house. Lincoln spent time in the house as a guest of Robert Irwin and he enjoyed many card games in the front parlor. Because of the house’s impressive architecture and rich history, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Having been moved from two earlier locations, the house found its current home at the corner of Seventh and Cook streets in 2004.  An elevator, accessible from special parking behind the house, provides access to visitors with limited mobility. The Farrell and Ann Gay Museum of Springfield History is located in the house’s lower level. Exhibits have included topics such as Springfield’s early beginnings and the history of the Illinois Watch Company.  On Saturday, the Elijah Iles House will begin a year-long celebration of its 182nd birthday with a seasonal opening and party, including cake and ice cream. Free. ileshouse.org.

182nd birthday open house
April 27, 12-4 p.m. Sat.
Elijah Iles House
628 S. Seventh St.


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