Elihu Benjamin Washburne House

908 3rd St., Galena, Illinois


Senator Elihu B. Washburne House

1. Historic American Buildings Survey Chester Hart, Photographer, Feb. 1, 1934 VIEW FROM SOUTH WEST

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Begun in 1843 in the Greek Revival style. In 1859, the house was doubled in size with an addition in the rear. The following year, projecting bay windows and a porch were added to the south elevation, and these reflect the Italianate style. In 1968, it was purchased by Illinois. The 2-story brick building with partial basement was initially designed and superintended in construction by its owner, Elihu B. Washburne (1816-1887), attorney, friend, and benefactor of U.S. Grant. Washburne would later serve in Grant's cabinet as Secretary of State and Ambassador to France. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS IL-26-19)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 5, 1973
Reference number
NR name
Washburne, Elihu Benjamin, House
Architectural style
Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival
Areas of significance
Politics/Government; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874; 1825-1849
Significant years
1844; 1882