Ellwood House Museum

Visitor Information

509 N 1st ST
DeKalb, Illinois 60115

Phone: 815-756-4609
Website: http://www.ellwoodhouse.org

National Trust for Historic Preservation Member Discount: $1.00 off admission 10% off merchandise in Museum ranlentShop.


The Ellwood House was designed by George O. Garnsey and built in 1879 for barbed wire baron Isaac Ellwood and his wife Harriet. In typical Victorian fashion, the house featured elements of several historical styles, including Victorian Gothic and Second Empire style. The mansion underwent architectural changes in both 1898 and 1910, with the addition of Georgian features and an Arts & Crafts sunroom with a large exterior terrace. As a result of these changes, the Ellwood House assumed much more of the feeling of an elegant country house, integrated into the landscape and its spacious pastoral setting.