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American Gothic House Center


The American Gothic House in Eldon, Iowa is famous as the backdrop of Grant Wood's 1930 painting American Gothic. Since completion, the painting has become an American icon and the model for an unknown number of parodies. The American Gothic House is located in a small rural community in southeast Wapello County. The American Gothic House was listed on the National Register in 1974. The common name is listed as the American Gothic House and the historic name as "Dibble House." Dibble was the owner of the property at the time of construction in 1881-1882. The neighboring visitor center opened in 2007, which offers educational exhibits, programs, videos, and even costumes and pitchfork for those who want to make their own American Gothic parody.