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“A gem!”
Review of Brucemore

Brucemore
Certificate of Excellence
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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: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Fort Mill, South Carolina
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31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A gem!”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

This is an exciting place in any season. There seems to always be an event to attend. And do not miss the gift shop!

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Worst experience ever”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

I don't recommend visiting the mansion. The staff is rude, pushy and imbecilic. It's free to walk the grounds and you don't have to deal with the tour guides. You're not guaranteed a tour if you show up 15 minutes early, like they tell you over the phone. You're not allowed to take pics in the mansion for several LAME reasons. Mainly because they're greedy and don't want you profiting from the pictures. I was thoroughly disgusted with how the guide pushed my family and I out the door because we didn't have tickets and the tour was sold out. I will NEVER go here again. Unless it's to take my dog for a walk so he can crap on the property.

Visited December 2012
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Marion, Iowa
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89 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Beautiful old mansion”
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!

Visited December 2012
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
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45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Glad it's still around”
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.

Visited August 2012
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1 Thank Lance M
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Seattle, Washington
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133 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“What a beautiful home”
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.

Visited November 2012
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