American Gothic House
Backstory and Context
The house was built in 1881-1882 by Catherine and Charles Dibble. Since then, the residence changed ownership several times until it was donated to the State Historical Society of Iowa in 1991. In 1930, Edward Rowan, the director of the Cedar Rapids Little Art Gallery, was conducting an art exhibition as part of an experiment to bring art to rural communities. The exhibit lasted for one month and included various artists, art classes, and music appreciation classes. Rowan invited painter, Grant Wood, to do an exhibit in Eldon. Rowan and Grant were taking a drive, when Grant noticed a home with an interesting gothic style window. Grant sketched the home and later created the famous painting.