Eureka College listed to National Register of Historic Places

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

The Eureka College Campus Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on June 14, 2010 by the National Park Service.

“Eureka College’s ties to the history of education in Illinois and a number of historic buildings on campus were the main factors in its inclusion in this prestigious national list,” said Jan Grimes, director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, which administers the National Register program in Illinois (

Eureka College was founded as Walnut Grove Academy in 1848 and under its current name in 1855 by the Disciples of Christ.  It was said to exemplify the development of private institutions of higher learning in Illinois in the 19th and 20th centuries. 

In addition, the school’s architecture spans a number of popular styles during the past 150 years, including Italianate, Romanesque Revival, Colonial Revival, and Collegiate Gothic Revival.  The oldest remaining building on campus was constructed in 1858.  Ronald W. Reagan, the 40th President of the United States was a 1932 graduate of Eureka College.      

“I congratulate Eureka College on this prestigious recognition," said State Senator Dan Rutherford (R-Pontiac).  "It is encouraging when a community is recognized for valuing their heritage."