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HISTORY OF THE CHRYSLER HOME
HOW TO VISIT THE HOME
HISTORY OF WALTER P. CHRYSLER
50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
AUTOMOBILE COLLECTION
MUSEUM COLLECTION
CHRYSLER'S SPACE INVOLVEMENT
SPACE COLLECTION
JOIN FRIENDS OF THE MUSEUM
CONTACT US

 




 

 

HISTORY OF THE CHRYSLER HOME

The Walter P. Chrysler Boyhood Home was built in 1889, in typical nineteenth-century, Midwestern style, constructed of white pine clapboard with a cedar shingle roof. The Chrysler family occupied this house from 1889 until 1908.

Many families owned the home until 1952 when Joe Herbert, the Dodge/Plymouth dealer in Ellis, bought the home because it was becoming run down. The Chrysler Corporation purchased it from Herbert and in 1954 the home officially opened as a museum. In 1955, Jack Chrysler, Walter’s son and other Chrysler management came and presented the deed of the home to the city of Ellis. There was a celebration complete with a parade.

 
A new building was erected behind the home in 1994 to display personal items Walter Chrysler. Walter’s Grandson, Jack Chrysler Jr., Great-Grandson Frank Rhodes, other Chrysler family members and Chrysler management were in attendance for the grand opening of the new Museum.

A 50th Anniversary Celebration took place in 2005 complete with a parade that included over 100 Chrysler products. Many Chrysler family members and Chrysler employees came and participated in the festivities.