Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House Project

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. 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! Click here to view the whole Nancy Kimball Cobblestone brochure (PDF). Want to donate? It’s easy to make a secure online donation to the Elgin Area Historical Society. All donations will be used on construction to first stabilize the building and then finish the interior. Please note the Nancy Kimball House project when donating. You will be redirected to the PayPal site to make your donation. You do not need a PayPal account to donate. Thank you!


 

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! 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.

It’s easy to make a secure donation to the Elgin Area Historical Society. Please note the Nancy Kimball House project when donating. You will be redirected to the PayPal site to make your donation. You do not need a PayPal account to donate. Thank you!


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

01/24/17Signal 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


COBBLESTONE REFLECTIONS: AN ELGIN COMMUNITY ART PROJECT

Taking applications now through October 13th.

Calling all Elgin artists! Help the Nancy Kimball cause by participating in our Cobblestone Reflections Community Art Project!

The Cobblestone Reflections Project, in support of the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House Project, is looking for interested area artists to participate in a juried art exhibit. The theme of Cobblestone Reflections will showcase what the home’s cobblestones have seen throughout the years.

What exactly is Cobblestone Reflections?

The Cobblestone Reflections Project, in support of the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House Project, is looking for interested area artists to participate in a juried art exhibit. The theme of Cobblestone Reflections will showcase what the home’s cobblestones have seen throughout the years.

Using the home’s vantage point from 302 W. Chicago Street (at the corner of Crystal and Chicago Streets), what are the things the house may have seen? The reflection could be looking towards downtown Elgin and the bridge, or looking west into the historic Near West Neighborhood. It could also be an image of the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone house at any time period since it was built in 1846. Cobblestones must be featured in some way in your finished piece.

Once renovation of the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House is complete, it will become a community center. Combine your imagination and the location of the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House to show a unique perspective of a piece of Elgin’s history. Historic images of the cobblestone house are available on the Museum’s website at www.elginhistory.org for further reference.

Cobblestone Reflections Artist Guidelines

1. Create an original artwork using the theme “Cobblestone Reflections.”

2. Artwork may be of any medium and any size.

3. All artwork must fit the theme and be submitted by Saturday, October 13 to the Elgin History Museum, 360 Park Street, Elgin, IL.

4. The cost of some of your art supplies may be reimbursed. Upon delivery of your finished, acceptable piece, the artist will receive $25 towards the cost of supplies.  The Elgin History Museum will open the art exhibit with an artist’s reception on Thursday evening, October 24, 2018.

5. All art will be placed for sale. Pricing will be set by the Elgin History Museum. Artists will receive 40% of the sale price of their piece with the remaining funds going to benefit the Elgin History Museum and the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House. The Museum is also planning to showcase the exhibit at other venues. Any submitted pieces that are not purchased will become the property of the Elgin History Museum and Nancy Kimball House.

The jury will award monetary prizes to the top three pieces!
1st place: $300
2nd place: $200
3rd place: $100