Allerton House History & Information

Allerton House, built as a private home by Robert Allerton in 1900, was developed into a conference center in 1946. It is located just west of Monticello, Illinois and is part of the University of Illinois system. More information can be found at

The Conference Center, which consists of the main house, and three additional lodging buildings, is surrounded by a 1500 acre forest designated as a National Nature Landmark. Adjacent to the Conference Center are formal gardens, decorative ornaments and museum quality sculptures. The beauty of the area provides the only distraction. Miles of hiking trails are maintained in the woodlands, and the Sangamon River winds its way through the middle of the park.

Lodging rooms are located in the Main House, the Evergreen Lodge, the Gate House, and the Little House in the Woods. Most rooms are double occupancy with two single beds. There are several dormitory style rooms with 4-10 beds and limited bathroom space. Quaters are assigned on a first come, first served basis. If you wish to room with certain people or in a certain location, please indicate it on your registration form.

In keeping with the educational atmosphere and rustic setting, there are no televisions or telephones in the rooms. Between meetings and after hours, colleagues enjoy talking with each other while walking the beautiful surroundings, playing ping-pong or pool or watching T.V. in the basement recreation room. Some colleagues have been known to contribute to the applied statistics fund-raiser. A pay phone is located on the first floor of the Main House near the dining hall.

The Conference Center is designed as a place to get away from the pressures and the responsibilities of everyday life to focus on teaching and learning mathematics. There is limited space for spouses. The facilities and the IMACC conference format are not designed for children.

Conference meals are pre-planned by the Conference Coordinator and deliciously prepared from scratch by the Allerton Kitchen staff. Special dietary needs can be accomodated if you contact the conference coordinator. Meals are served in the dining hall, once the mansion Carriage House. Snacks are served during coffee breaks and evening social hours. Several book publishers sponsor breaks as a thank-you for considering their textbooks. Take an opportunity to look at their displays and thank them for their sponsorship.

In years past, when there are too many people for Allerton House to accommodate, the overflow has been housed at a motel (Foster's Plaza) in downtown Monticello. If for some reason, you prefer to be housed off-site and drive in to the Conference, you should arrange for your own reservations at the motel and indicate no lodging on your registration form.

Other questions about the facilities at Allerton House can be answered by Vern Kays at (217) 875-7211 ex 478 or email at Registration forms will be available in the Winter ConneXion only and on the IMACC Homepage on the internet after the Winter ConneXion is published. It is important that everyone who attends complete the registration form, even if accommodations or all meals are not required. Keep a look out for the registration form and come experience the Allerton Conference!