The House was made famous by Grant Wood's painting American Gothic. Everyone knows the painting of the old man and woman holding a pitchfork. But did you know you can stop by and take your picture in front of that very house? They even supply the costumes and pitchforks free of charge.
The American Gothic is one of the most familiar paintings in the world. The house stands for students of all ages to learn about and enjoy. Visitors are introduced to the paintings and can watch films about Grant Wood's life. There's even a scavenger hunt that helps them to explore Wood's life and his paintings.
Grant Wood, born on February 13, 1891, is Iowa’s most famous artist and his painting is one of America’s most legendary works of art. Wood was born on a farm near Anamosa but moved to Cedar Rapids following his father’s death. Wood lived most of his life in Cedar Rapids or Iowa City.
Group tours to the house are the perfect cultural addition to your itinerary. You might be interested in history, art, a great photo opportunity, or a wander through the beautiful native prairie gardens, all of which add up to a fun and memorable time with family and friends.
But as the holiday season is starting, the house offers a real treat! The American Gothic House is organizing a gingerbread house building event first week of December. Children and their families can explore their creativity by building their own gingerbread house. It could a replica of the American Goth House itself or your own unique (and tasty) design. Admission is free but be sure to arrive on time as there will only be a limited supply of gingerbread.
Event Timings: December 6, 2014 from 1 pm to 4 pm.
For information about the event email TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com or call 641-652-3352.
American Gothic House
300 American Gothic St ,
Eldon, Iowa 52554.
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