Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House Project

Built in 1846, the Nancy Kimball house is the oldest cobblestone building in Elgin, and one of the last ones left standing at 302 W. Chicago Street. It was built for the widow of one of Elgin’s founders, Joseph Kimball by her sons, William and Samuel. The Kimball brothers later served as mayors of the city. This building is unique and important to Elgin as one of the last old architectural styles left in Elgin, with 16 inch thick cobblestone walls, a source of neighborhood pride and a project that promotes architectural preservation and adaptive re-use. If you are on Facebook be sure to like the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House Project page to keep up to date on the progress of the project! Click here to view the whole Nancy Kimball Cobblestone brochure (PDF).

The Elgin History Museum volunteers, board members, staff as well as project partners Near West Neighbors Association of Elgin have a vision of what this house can be transformed into but it will need work!

Nancy Kimball House Virtual Rendering Video

Be sure to click around the “room” and experience a 360 view!


The vision and future of this building will be:

  • A gallery space for exhibition of local history, decorative art and the work of craftsmen.
  • A work room for hands on demonstrations, community projects.
  • A venue for education programs serving the nearby schools, as well as adult learners.
  • A small group meeting space.
  • A small office space for the Near West Neighbors Association of Elgin and the Elgin History Museum.

How can I help the project?

Saving the Nancy Kimball House can be something you can help with by making a donation to the project! You can make an online donation through our donation page. All donations will be used on construction to first stabilize the building and then finish the interior.Donations made to the Elgin History Museum are tax deductible. Elgin History Museum is a 501(c)3.

If you would like to donate by check please send your donation to Elgin History Museum, 360 Park Street, Elgin, IL 60120. In the memo section write that the donation is going toward the Nancy Kimball House project.

Latest News

01/24/17 Signal Hill Chapter; NSDAR, completes 2016 Charitable giving – Barrington – Courier Review

9/28/16 Fish Fry Fundraiser Saturday to turn Elgin historic home into public building – Daily Herald – By: Elena Ferrarin

9/2016 Nancy Kimball House Project (Presidents Report) – Crackerbarrel Newsletter – By: Bill Briska

5/10/16  Kimball House Restoration Underway – Courier News – By: Janelle Walker

12/15/15  Historical Society Team to Rehab 170 Year Old Home – Courier News – By: Mike Danahey