Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Gillett House

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Institution Name: Illinois College
Original/Historic Place Name: Gillett House
Location on Campus: 1005 Grove St.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1832original construction Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: brick
Walls: wood
Roof: asphalt shingle
1832-2001private residence
2001-2004other (bed and breakfast)
2004-present (2007)academic department building (a focal point for study of the Underground Railroad and research on local history)

Significance: architecture, culture, history
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

The Gillett House was built in 1832 and provided temporary sanctuary for freedom-seeking slaves on the Underground Railroad. It is named for its original owner, Bezaleel Gillett, a physician and merchant who helped found Trinity Church in Jacksonville, the first Episcopal church in Illinois. The structure was converted into a Bed and Breakfast in 2001 and was acquired by Illinois College in 2004. Preliminary plans call for Gillett House to be used as a focal point for study of the Underground Railroad and research on local history.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Caine, L. Vernon. To Heights Beyond. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 1986.

Frank, Charles E. Pioneer's Progress: Illinois College, 1829-1979. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 1979.

Hopper, Doris Broehl. David A. Smith: Abolitionist, Patron of Learning, Prairie Lawyer. Jacksonville, IL: Branstiter Printing Company, 2003

Rammelkamp, Charles H. Illinois College, a Centennial History: 1829-1929. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1928.

Yeager, Iver F. Julian M. Sturtevant--1805-1886: President of Illinois College, Ardent Churchman, Reflective Author. Jacksonville, IL: Trustees of Illinois College, 1999.

Yeager, Iver F., ed. Sesquicentennial Papers--Illinois College. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 1982.

II. Location of other data:
University: Library, Special Collections

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