You Can Still Visit The Iowa House That Inspired One Of The Most Familiar Paintings Of 20th-Century America

Eldon, Iowa may be a small town, but it’s home to one of America’s most iconic houses: The Dibble House. Built in the 1880s, the structure isn’t famous because it is large (it’s only just over 500 square feet), and it certainly isn’t well-known because its owners were rich or famous (the first owners actually lost the house due to overdue taxes).

Instead, this house can almost be called universally recognizable because Iowa’s own son, Grant Wood, used it as the backdrop to his most well-known painting: the American Gothic. Best known as the American Gothic House, this structure is identified as a National Historic Place, and a visitors center near the house tells its story. 

During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.


Check out the American Gothic House website for the latest information regarding the visitors center. And while you’re in Eldon, stop in a Chommy’s for some tasty food! 

Address: American Gothic House Center, 300 American Gothic St, Eldon, IA 52554, USA