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House History

American Gothic House"American Gothic," a painting by Grant Wood, brought this 1880s house, located in Eldon, Iowa, fame as the backdrop of the stereotypical image of a farmer and his daughter. Hundreds of parodies and takeoffs have made "American Gothic" a popular culture icon that's become one of the most recognized images in the world.

The house was placed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and donated in 1991 to the State Historical Society by Carl E. Smith. In 1992, the Historical Society renovated the house, maintaining its 1930 appearance. Although the house is not open to the public (a caretaker lives in the house), visitors are encouraged to pose for a photograph in front of the house.


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