Wilson Bruce Evans House

33 E. Vine St., Oberlin, Ohio



This house was the home of Wilson Bruce Evans (1824-1898), a leading black abolitionist and successful member of Oberlin's commercial and educational communities. Evans and his brother Henry participated in the dramatic 1858 Oberlin-Wellington Rescue, saving an escaped slave who had been captured and was to be taken back to his owner in Kentucky. This was one of several well-publicized confrntations resulting from the Fuitive Slave Act of 1850, and it was significant in fueling the nation's sectional differences priort to the Civil War. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, December 9, 1997

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 16, 1980
Reference number
NR name
Evans, Wilson Bruce, House
Architectural style
Victorian: Italianate
Area of significance
Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Period of significance
Significant years
1856; 1858


19th Century (38,126)
Brick (42,466)
Built 1856 (354)
Built during 1850s (4,737)
House (27,905)
Italianate (5,122)
Lorain County, Ohio (128)
National Historic Landmark (2,198)
Oberlin, Ohio (11)
Ohio (5,237)
Private owner (54,402)
Stone (26,167)
Victorian (19,703)
Wilson Bruce Evans (1)