Ulysses S. Grant House

511 Bouthillier St., Galena, Illinois


First Grant House

1. Historic American Buildings Survey Chester Hart, Photographer, Feb. 5, 1934 VIEW FROM SOUTHEAST

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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The U.S. Grant Home State Historic Site comprises several structures, the most important of which is the Italianate style house, constructed in 1859 and given to General Grant in 1865. In 1931, Illinois acquired the house and eventually restored it. The 2-story red brick building with 1-story kitchen wing was designed by William Dennison, whose original drawings survive. The house was built for Alexander J. Jackson and constructed by Daniel Farr and Joseph Maefefete. In 1865, a group of townsfolk led by Elihu B. Washburne, Grant's friend and benefactor, purchased the house. With much fanfare, the house was conveyed to Grant on June 16, 1865. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS IL-1221)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
NR name
Grant, Ulysses S., House
Architectural style
Victorian: Italianate
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874
Significant years
1865; 1867; 1879
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 1

Update Log 

  • November 19, 2020: New photos from iconions