The Quinby House is the place of residence for the college President. It was built in 1867 and named in honor of Quinby family who built the home and occupied it for nearly 100 years. In 1965, the Quinby family deeded it to Monmouth College to be used as a presidential residence. The Greek Revival/Italianate home occupies 1.63 acres of land and contains approximately 20 rooms on three stories.
The Quinby family has always had intimate ties with the college, beginning with the home’s builder, Ivory Quinby I, who was a college founder and original trustee. A judge, banker, lawyer and industrialist, Quinby was also one of the principals involved in bringing the C.B.&Q. Railroad through Monmouth in 1855. Designed by noted architect John Cochrane of Chicago, the architect of the Iowa State Capital, the house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. The home underwent a $600,000 renovation in 1996-97.