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Fairlawn Mansion & Museum

906 E 2nd St, Superior, WI 54880-3245
+1 715-394-5712
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Interesting Tour

We enjoyed our tour of Fairlawn and were glad we stopped to see it. Kyle gave us an excellent tour... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Marguerite M
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Salt Lake City, Utah
via mobile
Highly Attractive Mansion

Martin Pattison amassed great wealth first as a lumberer and later as an iron ore prospector. He... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2018
rschmidt46
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Built as the family home of mining and lumber baron Martin Pattison, the four story, 42 room mansion was completed in 1890 at the cost of $150,000; estimated at today's costs to be well over $3 million.The exterior and first floor of the mansion have been completely restored to the original splendor,with gilded murals on the ceilings and frieze, a grand entrance hall and open staircase, marble and tile fireplaces, and original leaded and stained glass windows.The second floor of the mansion includes access to master bedroom suite, furnished much as it was during the Pattisons’ time in the house. The third floor is dedicated to the Children’s Home era from 1920 to 1964, when the mansion served as a home to the less fortunate. It also includes the restoration exhibit, featuring documentation of the extensive work performed during the 1999 restoration of the mansion.
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  • Average16%
  • Poor0%
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906 E 2nd St, Superior, WI 54880-3245
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our tour of Fairlawn and were glad we stopped to see it. Kyle gave us an excellent tour and was enthusiastic and entertaining and showed no sign of having given the tour multiple times. We enjoyed learning the history of the family and...More

1  Thank Marguerite M
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

Martin Pattison amassed great wealth first as a lumberer and later as an iron ore prospector. He built this mansion for himself and his family and became highly influential in local politics and philanthropy in Superior, WI and Duluth, MN. He donated the land that...More

1  Thank rschmidt46
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Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

This place was absolutely amazing the details they put into this was amazing there was so much to see it was definitely one off and kind I didnt really enjoyed the guide though she was kinda rude and seemed to rush through everything and made...More

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Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile

My wife and I had a great visit here.The mansion is beautiful and well matained.The guide was friendly and full of information about the mansion.The tour last about an hour.The gift shop had lots of nice souvenirs.A definite thumbs up.

Thank David S
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Reviewed 25 April 2018

I had attended a tour at Glensheen in Duluth and they mentioned the Fairlawn Mansion being older. So I was intrigued and skipped across the Blatnick bridge and made my way to Fairlawn. Easy access from 2nd Street. It was off tourist season (Late April)...More

1  Thank Timothy Joseph N
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Reviewed 20 February 2018

The Fairlawn Mansion and Museum is beautiful as well as historically fascinating. Gorgeously decorated, it's a great place to visit anytime of year (especially when the weather outside is bad and can do something inside that's fun). The tour is something for everybody - old...More

1  Thank Carol-Ann B
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

My favorite Victorian museum. Very small but extremely well done. Learn of the rich history of Superior. Maybe run into to someone who lived there during the children's home years. Beautiful area of town with wonderful view of Barkers Island. Many events held here so...More

1  Thank Ailee M
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Reviewed 23 October 2017

I have lived in superior for 2 years and decided to finally tour the mansion when all my sisters came to visit. It was very interesting. We enjoyed it very much!

1  Thank Deanna T
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Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

If you love Victorian homes and are interested in the history of lumber barons or are thinking of restorations of your own, this lovely, but still a work in progress should be on your list to visit.

1  Thank Drbrooks4337
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

Lovingly restored to it's original glory in most parts this is a wonderful place to take a tour! Fascinating history!

1  Thank Katie M
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Response from coreyjhen | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I don't recall. It wasn't very expensive, though.
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Response from Janelltheowl . | Reviewed this property |
About an hour total.
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