A Brief History of the 1850 Beith House Museum
William Beith, a prominent Kane County stone mason, built
his elegant Greek Revival -style home on the banks of the
Fox River in St. Charles in 1850. Today, it stands as one of
the few surviving examples of riverstone architecture in this
area that has not been significantly altered.
The Beith House was rescued from years of neglect in 1980
and authentically restored to operate as a Preservation
Study House, illustrating mid-19th-Century decorative arts,
as well as the both interior and exterior restoration
and conservation techniques. The outdoor Archeology
Box, architecture gallery, games, and "old house mysteries"
are just a few of Beith House's many features. Our exhibits
and programs are designed for persons of all ages.
Today the handsome limestone building serves as
the headquarters for Preservation Partners, housing
the Preservation Resource Library upstairs and
multiple permanent and revolving exhibits on the first floor.