American Gothic House

Filed under:General — eric @ 3:07 am

The next time you’re in Eldon, Iowa, stop by the Dibble House, best known as “that house behind the dour couple in American Gothic“.

And did you know that the couple was supposed to represent a typical American small town resident and his daughter, and not a husband and wife? Perhaps Grant Wood could have been more clear.


  1. As I live on the outskirts of “Grant Wood country” (one county to the southwest), I’ve recieved more that my fair share of Grant Wood trivia. “Grant Wood Days” is coming up in June, in Stone City, Iowa, where GW started his artists’ colony in the ’30’s. I went last year where there was a bus tour of various overlooks that GW made fameous in his paintings and there were also GW originals on display. Apparently the model for the man in American Gothic was a preacher-man as evidenced by various subtle cues (a book in the pocket, a stylized collar).

    In other news, anyone who cares to can join me and my sweetie as we go to Mason City in north-central Iowa this coming weekend to celebrate the centenary of Meredith Wilson, the music man behind “The Music Man.” There’s going to be marching bands and barbershop quartets as well as the dedication and grand opening of the MW Museum. It should be loads of fun!

    Comment by Matt — 5/28/2002 @ 9:07 am

  2. Hello,I have a concern involving…What is a dibble house excactly?If you could help out in this it would be great.

    Comment by Ricky — 4/2/2003 @ 5:02 am

  3. I live down the street from the American Gothic House It is beautiful during the winter summer and spring the paint is getting chipped though .
    it is starting to get old and wracked But the care keeper does nothing about it.

    I am sure Grant Wood would have never painted it if it looked like it does now

    Comment by Katie — 1/1/2004 @ 8:09 am

  4. In response to a previous comment, the “Dibble House” is just a name, because of the first person to have owned the house. It is not an architectural description.

    The house will now have a visitors center across the street which will help educate people as to the history of the house, Grant Wood, and “American Gothic.” The grand opening for the center is June 9, 2007 at 1:30 PM.

    Comment by Jessi — 5/24/2007 @ 3:53 pm

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