An Historic Home
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.
This is actually the second octagonal home that George Gallup’s father, George Henry Gallup, built in Jefferson. The first home was a smaller dwelling on North Elm Street constructed in 1893 (no longer standing) that the Gallups lived in prior to moving to their home on South Chestnut Street.
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. Learn more about Octagonal Architecture.
The Gallup House Today
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.
Explore the artisans who helped in the renovation: http://www.thegalluphouse.com/about-the-home/artisans/