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“Beautiful old mansion”
Review of Brucemore

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
Reviewed December 23, 2012

Loved the Christmas decor. Had a wonderful informative guide who obviously enjoyed showing the mansion. Learn something new each time I go there, and don't miss the gift shop!

Thank agnewre2016
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"decorated for christmas"
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"lovely home"
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"tiki room"
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"nice tour"
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

I've lived here in CR for many years and I can say this place is fantastic. Whether just going for an afternoon tour, or one of Brucemore's events, it is a real treasure in CR. I've known some people who remember when the "animals" cruised the grounds, and I do know the groundskeeper. What a lovely place. Heard the organ played some years ago, and would like to go back for another event, focusing on the organ. If you're in to old historic homes, this is a cool place to visit. And remember, walk the grounds, check out the gardens and visit the carriage house. And don't forget to support our local historical venues, including Granger House in Marion.........another fine house to tour.

1  Thank Lance M
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

We had a great tour guide, about one hour touring this beautiful home. Then we were free to walk around the very large gardens.Ticket are 7$, last tour is at 4 PM. Gift shop is starting to sell local artist works. There is small museum attached to the gift shop showing films about the people from the Brucemore.
I strongly recommand it. Lots of stairs up and down.

5  Thank Michparis
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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.

Thank fatima58
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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.

Thank Donald C
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