Captain Francis H. Bowman built this residence in 1852, seven years after he arrived in St. Charles from his native Vermont. Soon after his arrival, he opened his own hardware store. Later, he and John Lloyd established the Bowman and Lloyd foundry. He held a number of political positions, established the Kane County National Bank, and served in the Fifty-Second Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War, participating in the battle of Shiloh.
The house, an example of Gothic Revival
architecture, still stands. Inside, the house boasts
staircase. Little has been changed except for the family
room, added during the 20th century. The Bowman House
been greatly admired over the years, so much so that Better
Homes and Gardens featured
the home as "House
of the Year" in
the November of 1942 issue. The most recent owners, the
Hohms, bought the house in 1967. The residence still captures
was part of the Autumn Homes Tour in September 1998.
photographs, see these sources,
more fully described in the Bibliography.
St. Charles of Illinois Historic Houses Vertical File