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363 Prairie
James Gifford House, 1850
 363 Prairie James Gifford House
Photo Courtesy of the Gifford Park Association
Background
This was the home of Elgin's founder, James T. Gifford. Originally a simple stone house, it reflects a construction technique native to New York State. Note the cobblestones laid in courses with stone quoins at the corners and stone lintels. The mansard roof and classical detailing, which were added later, show a second empire influence. This is one of the few remaining works of builder Edwin R. Reeves. Gifford Park and Gifford Street are named for the original owner of this home.

Gifford Park Association
If you would like additional information about this or other historic homes in the Elgin Historic District, please contact the Gifford Park Association;
P.O. Box 928
Elgin, IL 60121
 
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