The Gallup Homestead

The Gallup House location originally encompassed 12.66 acres and included a small dairy operation, as well as tennis and basketball courts to the north, and a large garden to the south. Located on a raised picturesque lot, the home employs
a cross between Craftsman and Victorian
era styling, with its large windows, oak
pocket doors and wood trim, formal entryway and open front staircase. The Gallup House, in addition to being important in the historical sense, has many points of architectural interest as well, including
the "secret" back stairway.

The Gallup House has been completely renovated. Care has been taken to retain its historic charm, while updating its systems and conveniences. Old woodwork remains, later-added alterations have been removed, and modern technologies introduced. The three upstairs bedrooms are warm and comfortable.  The three downstairs parlors are spacious and bright. The furnishings have been selected to be evocative of early design, but as crafted by contemporary, often local, artisans. The result is a comfortable, relaxing oasis that is highly evocative of the past but in touch with the present.

The Birthplace of George Horace Gallup George Horace Gallup (known as "Ted") was born in the parlor of this house on November 11, 1901, just three months after the building of the house was completed. Gallup lived here until the fall of 1919 when he left to attend the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

The Gallup House as Homestead The Gallup homestead was the mecca for the boys of the town and the lawns were crawling with young humanity on sunny days. On rainy days, a constant stream of children paraded through the house and ran up and down the stairs.

Octagonal Architecture - The distinctive octagonal style of the home, which enjoyed remarkably wide popularity in the United States during the mid to late 1800's, was said by builders at the time, to be more withstanding of wind and the elements as well as providing for improved air circulation within the home.