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Elijah Iles House, Springfield

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Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Elijah Iles House is a historic house at 628 S. 7th Street in Springfield, Illinois. Built circa 1837, the house has survived nearly intact for 182 years and is the oldest such structure in Springfield. Iles, who moved to Springfield in 1821, was one of the city's earliest settlers. He ran the first store in Sangamon County and helped persuade the county to locate the county seat in Springfield. His house has a Greek Revival design inspired by Southern architecture. It is one of the few Greek Revival residences in Central Illinois. A timber framed structure on a raised brick foundation, it has three levels: a ground-level basement, the main floor, and a finished attic which provided sleeping quarters.  

The interior woodwork is original and makes extensive use of black walnut. To make room for a new church, the house was moved in 1910 and refurbished and modernized with the installation of electricity, plumbing and radiator heating. In 1978, the House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its architectural and historic significance. In 1998, the House was moved again to its present location and fully restored, funded almost entirely by private donations. In 2005, with the restoration was complete, the House was open to the public; regular tours are given on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons from April through October. The upper levels house an extensive collection of pre-Civil War furniture, and the lower level houses the Farrell and Ann Gay Museum of Springfield History, currently exhibiting wristwatches, pocket watches and clocks manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company, a major Springfield factory which operated from 1878 until 1934.
The house is owned by the Elijah Iles House Foundation.
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  • parking was challenging, but it was well worth the stop on our trip. room had original items, you could almost FEEL the past.  more »
  • My wife and I lucked out in being able to see the Iles house after visiting the Lincoln Home site just two blocks away. The house is only open two days a week, from noon to 4:00, since it is...  more »
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  • Our host was so delightful as she took us through the entire house, pointing out all the important details and the assorted household items. We learned about the founder of Springfield, Senator Iles, while touring his 182 year old house. It has been preserved so well.
  • Beautiful! A great place to visit. A nice addition to the preservation of Lincoln's life and time in Springfield, IL. **Note: Lincoln's birthplace is actually in Kentucky.

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