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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
Burlington, Iowa
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great guide!”
Reviewed June 27, 2014

Our tour was very informative and the guide patient to answer all of our questions. Very informative place and fun to see the gardens!

Visited June 2014
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Statesboro, Georgia
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“A treasure”
Reviewed June 26, 2014 via mobile

We have toured old homes in the past. This one was a special home since it was actually lived in until the recent past. Nice to see how the home changed with different families and "new inventions".

Visited June 2014
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“One of my favorites”
Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

I have visited the site several times. Each time bring something new. It is beneficial to visit several times throughout the year to view the estate and all the seasons.

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Chariton
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Wish I had more time”
Reviewed June 2, 2014

It is an impressive place just didn't have time to see it all. Lovely Gift Shop and the cutting Garden WOW

Visited May 2014
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Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Interesting even for Museum Haters”
Reviewed May 30, 2014 via mobile

The Brucemore Tour was totally worth the price and time spent. I usually loathe touring old places or museums, however the architecture and designs inside this property were fascinating to explore. Be sure to go to the basement and see the unique ideas they had :)

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