Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Quinby House

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Institution Name: Monmouth College
Original/Historic Place Name: Ivory Quinby House
Location on Campus: 605 N. Sixth St.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1867original construction Cochrane, John C.
1997renovation Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: limestone
Walls: wood
Roof: wood shingle (original); asphalt shingle (current)
1867-1965private residence
1965-present (2007)president's house

Significance: architecture, education, history
Landmark designation:
National RegisterIvory Quinby House (1980)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Quinby House was designed by noted Chicago architect John C. Cochrane, who was responsible for much for the design of many of Chicago's public buildings following the Great Chicago Fire. His firm also designed the Illinois and Iowa State Capitols. Completed in 1867, the house remained in the Quinby family for nearly a century until it was donated to Monmouth College in 1965. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. In 1997, it received a complete renovation, largely funded through a historic preservation grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation in recognition of Quinby's role in helping establish the Peoria and Oquawka Railroad.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Davenport, F. Garvin. Monmouth College: The First Hundred Years. Cedar Rapids, IA: Torch Press, 1953.

Meyer, Daniel, and Jeffrey D. Rankin. A Thousand Hearts' Devotion: A History of Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL: Monmouth College, 2002.

II. Location of other data:
University: Special Collections, Facilities Management Office
Government Offices

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