Dowling House

220 Diagonal St Galena

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Dowling House

Located at 220 Diagonal Street, the Dowling House is the oldest building in Galena and considered the oldest stone structure in the State of Illinois. It was constructed using native limestone by John Dowling, who arrived in Galena with his son in 1826. The Dowlings used the downstairs as a trading post and the upper floor as a private residence with very primitive living quarters. From time to time, the building was also known to host fur traders. At one time, it was the only trading post in the town.

Museum Tour

Today the Dowling House operates as a museum showcasing 19th-century artifacts such as Galena pottery and mining tools. After the building sat abandoned for decades, it was refurbished in the 1960s and opened to the public in the 1970s. Today, tours operate from May through November lasting approximately 30 minutes.

Cover image by Richie Diesterheft is licensed under (CC BY 2.0).

Galena's oldest house offers a look back in time.
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