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American Gothic House


American Gothic House


The American Gothic House was built between the year 1881-1882. It was built in the architectural style of Rural Gothic with distinctive upper window. The American Gothic House also referred as the Dibble house because it was first owned by Eldon resident Charles Dibble after its construction in 1882.

It's simple board and batten siding, white color and with moderate size of 504 sq.ft. Common and exterior features of the house includes that it has two Gothic windows in the dome and its steep-angled roof. The ground floor of the house contains three rooms and a bathroom and upper floor contains two bedrooms. And the house had the backdrop of 1930's painting by Grant Wood. Grant Wood's most famous work and art of twentieth century. He made only the initial sketch of the house and completed whole art at his studio in the Cedar Rapids. Jones family owned the house until 1933 and later the house was allowed to Grant Wood to use as a backdrop for American Gothic.