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“Take time to visit the Brucemore house in Cedar Rapids”
Review of Brucemore

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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Three families owned the Brucemore estate between 1884 and 1981-the Sinclairs, the Douglases, and the Halls. They were business and community leaders during a century of evolution in the Midwest. Caroline Sinclair, widow of pioneer industrialist T.M. Sinclair and mother of six, hired architects Josselyn and Taylor to build the mansion for $55,000 in 1884. In 1906, George Bruce Douglas, of the Quaker Oats and Douglas & Company fortunes, acquired the home with his wife, Irene, transforming the property into a country estate they named Brucemore. In 1937, their daughter, Margaret, inherited Brucemore with her husband, Howard Hall, founder of Iowa Manufacturing and Iowa Steel and Ironworks. The Halls added flair to the estate with famous guests, including Presidents Herbert Hoover and Harry Truman and their exotic pet lion, Leo. Today, Brucemore's 26-acre, park-like estate invites exploration of the site's history, gardens, grounds, and 21-room mansion through a variety of opportunities. The Queen Anne architecture, 1925 Grant Wood Porch, 1929 Skinner pipe organ, and 1930s Grizzly Bar and Tahitian Room reflect the vibrant history of remarkable people. The changes they made to their estate, the impact they had on their community, and the stories they left behind shape our understanding of modern Cedar Rapids, eastern Iowa, and the American Midwest.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Sycamore, Illinois
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98 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Take time to visit the Brucemore house in Cedar Rapids”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

If you enjoy history and a chance to view an elegant home from years past, you will enjoy the Brucemore. It is located on elegant acreage with a carriage house that is used as a welcoming center. Don't miss the historical display in the welcoming center that explains the lives of those who lived at Brucemore.

Visited October 2012
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39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed October 27, 2012

The Brucemore mansion in Cedar Rapids is well worth the visit. It has very nice grounds with gardens, and the former servant's quarters (small homes) are much nicer that the usual servant's quarters. The mansion itself is also very nice, as are most mansions that are available to tour. The "ticket office" has a cute small gift department and a very informative display and video available, which one should take advantage of.

Visited September 2012
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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10 reviews
“Worth a side trip”
Reviewed October 16, 2012

Made stop here while passing through town on a recent road trip. Beautiful grounds and home. The tour guide provided a lot of interesting details and history. Glad we took a couple of hours to see this unique property.

Visited September 2012
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Chicago, IL
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77 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Beautiful location in the city”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

The home was worth seeing. As a designer the home was interesting and the decor was original. There was an exhibit documenting the families and the tour was great. The gardens are beautiful and it is close to downtown. The home was originally 33 acres and is surrounded by homes now but once in the manor it is like you are removed in from the city.

Visited October 2012
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Columbus, Indiana
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92 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“The Art Festival in August is worth a stop.”
Reviewed September 5, 2012

This beautiful historic property has been restored and is full of history. We have done the tour when it was decorated for Christmas, and just toured it again during its art festival last week. The grounds and gardens are beautiful and the volunteers answering questions and showing people through the house were really great. They were friendly and knowledgeable and made me want to take more of the specialty tours they offer. The artists displaying their talents and wares were carefully selected and had a broad array of items to show and sell. It is a lovely site and worth a stop if you are in CR, and worth a drive if you are into local history or period homes..

Visited August 2012
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