The Goff House's architectural reputation is as tall as the turret towering over the wrap-around porch, as hardy as the bull pine floors, as rugged as the cross-gambrel roof. The Home, built in 1900-1901 has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988. The place has inner beauty and an aura of elegance. The home named for its original owners, William and Magdalen Goff, was built at a crossroads of a crossroads of styles...Queen Anne, hence the elaborate trim, hexagonal wooden shingles, other kinds of gingerbread and a rainbow of colors...Colonial Revival...hence the columns on pedestals and simpler lines which give a sense of balance despite the combination of styles to the facade. Historians claim that only 10% of the homes built during this period used this combination of architectural styles. The Goff House is one of only a few remaining structures of this type, which was a deciding factor in qualifying it for the National Register.

Mr. William I. Goff brought his family to the bustling frontier town of El Reno in 1892 as the frontier agent for Anheuser-Busch. He later founded Goff Bottling Works, where he acquired a fortune substantial enough to build the elaborate home on a prominent corner in a quiet neighborhood not far from the center of town.

The old Rock Island Depot, now a Historical Museum and Trolley Station, is located a mere two blocks from the Goff House. The Railroad Industry played a vital role in the early development of El Reno. In 1917 the Goff House was enlarged to become a boarding house with six bedrooms and six bathrooms to accomodate the railroad workers and their families. If the walls could talk...

The Depot was placed on the National Register in 1983. It sits on the 98th Meridian, which was the West boundary of the 1889 Land Run and the East boundary of the 1892 Run. Today the Heritage Express Trolley, the only rail based trolley in the state, passes right by the Goff House as it carries passengers along a scenic route of local historic sites.

Thank you for your interest in this lovely old Victorian home. I hope your experience will be a delightful one and you will return often to witness my loving restorative efforts in putting the "Little Orphan Child" back in Sunday clothes.

Julie Rozsypal, Innkeeper