Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


David A. Smith House

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Institution Name: Illinois College
Original/Historic Place Name: David A. Smith House
Location on Campus: 1061 Grove St.
Date(s) of Construction:
1854original construction Smith, David A.
Designer: David A. Smith
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Federal (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: stone and brick
Walls: wood
Roof: asphalt shingles
1854-present (2006)other (meeting house for women)

The David A. Smith House is owned by the Women's Building Association of Illinois College and maintained by the college. It was built in 1854 by David A. Smith, a pioneer lawyer and colleague of Abraham Lincoln who was active in the anti-slavery movement. The 16-room residence provides meeting space for the women's literary societies at Illinois College. It is also a popular destination for tourists and research scholars interested in studying the 1850s and 1860s in central Illinois.


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.


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