GLIDDEN HOMESTEAD - Glidden Homestead and Historical Center, Dekalb
Grant amount: $2,500
The Joseph F. Glidden House, a two-story brick house with a raised foundation of field stone, was constructed in 1861 by Jacob Haish. It is in this house in 1873 that Glidden invented barbed wire. Glidden became one of the founders, along with Haish, of the Northern Illinois State Normal School (now known as Northern Illinois University). Today, much of NIU stands on what had been Glidden-owned land.
The stairs leading up to the original porch of the house face imminent deterioration. On the west side of the stairs, several balusters/spindles and a section of base rail have rotted out. In 2017, as a result of an archaeological dig performed by NIU, it was discover that the original landing (or at least very early) is buried under the current visible landing. The Glidden Homestead and Historical Center intends to use the $2,500 matching grant to help restore the front stairs to the late 1800s period—the earliest period of which there are photos of the house.