Please check our current hours by clicking here, and keep in mind that due to the epidemic, these hours are susceptible to last-minute modifications. Please keep in mind that the hours for the Visitor Center and the American Gothic House are not the same. The GC visits both sites daily at approximately 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., but only visits the American Gothic House once per day.
The American Gothic house and site are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The house is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Visitors should note that because of the size of the estate, it takes about an hour to drive through the grounds. However, visitors can enjoy a number of interesting sights along the way. There are also several small museums located within walking distance of the main house and site. These include the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, the Kinney National Gallery of Art, and the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.
The American Gothic house was built between 1892 and 1895 as a replica of a 15th-century French château. It was designed by Thomas Jefferson Russel, a professor of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. The house sits on a 1,000-acre estate that features rolling hills, a cemetery, a chapel, a grotto, and more.
Come to Eldon, Iowa, and see the outside of the home that inspired Grant Wood to paint American Gothic, one of the world's most famous paintings. Visit the nearby American Gothic House Center, which features Grant Wood's life and work...
Please check our current hours by clicking here, and keep in mind that due to the epidemic, these hours are susceptible to last-minute modifications. Please keep in mind that the hours for the Visitor Center and the American Gothic House are not the same.
We have chosen to change the attendance and activities related with our August event in order to protect the health and safety of our members and visitors. Washington, DC – The House of the Temple will reopen entirely with normal operation hours, Monday through Thursday, on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Friday, May 27, through Sunday, June 2, 2021 (a federal holiday), will be reserved for member outreach and services.
The House of the Temple was built by Solomon Nunes Carvalho in 1872-1875. He called it the "House of Prayer for All Nations." Solomon was a priest of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who was given a vision by God that he should build him a house where he could gather all nations for prayer. After his death, his wife, Rachael Nunes Carvalho, continued building the house until it was completed. Today, the House of the Temple in Washington, D.C., is an important center of spirituality for many people from all faiths and backgrounds. It is a place where governments can come together to pray for peace and act upon that prayer. In addition, it is a place where members of the LDS Church can go for spiritual guidance and encouragement.
In October 1990, following the death of Pope John Paul II, the House of the Temple became the headquarters of the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington. The current Archbishop of Washington is Cardinal Donald Wuerl.
Visit the nearby American Gothic House Center, which showcases Grant Wood's life and the house's history. Visitors are encouraged to pose in front of the historic American Gothic House and make their own unique American Gothic portrait using the props available. The center also has an art gallery featuring works by other contemporary artists.
The Eldon City Museum is located just a few blocks from the American Gothic House Center at 120 N. Main St. It features exhibits on local history and inventions. Free admission.
The American Gothic House was built between 1884 and 1886 for John and Amanda Knapp. They hired architect Leonard Gailenstern to design this distinctive home in rural Eldon, Iowa. The couple's only child died at age 10, so they built this house as a monument to him. In addition to Grant Wood, many other artists have painted portraits of the house over the years. Two of these paintings are displayed at the center next door.
Eldon is about 20 minutes south of Cedar Rapids on I-380. There are daily bus tours that go directly through town from May through October. The cost is $10 per person. For more information visit www.americangothichousecenter.com or call 563-382-5300.