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Fairlawn Mansion & Museum

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Address: 906 E 2nd St, Superior, WI 54880-3245
Phone Number: +1 715-394-5712
09:00 - 16:00
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Sun 11:00 - 16:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 16:00

Built as the family home of mining and lumber baron Martin Pattison, the...

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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Great History!

This is a beautiful home with a very colorful history! Take a tour if you have any interest in historical homes.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 October 2016
Amanda T
Appleton, Wisconsin
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

This is a beautiful home with a very colorful history! Take a tour if you have any interest in historical homes.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

This 120 year old mansion is well worth seeing. The lower level has been meticulously restored. The tour of the 2nd and 3rd levels were good as well. The building has quite an interesting history as a family home and children's home. Babe Ruth even visited this home! My only disappointment was that the young tour guide seemed rushed and... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

An amazing mansion. Tour guide well versed on history of it and the family. I was born in Superior and recall riding my bike by this great home as a child. Fun to finally get inside. Simply beautiful.

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Vernon Hills, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

Fairlawn Mansion was built by a lumber baron. The first floor has been restored to its former splendor. After Mr. Pattison the original owner died, his wife moved to California and left the house to be used as a children's home. The second floor is pretty much in the condition it was when the children's home was closed in the... More 

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Kankakee, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Great tour. Guide really knows what he is talking about. Lots of history. I thought prices were reasonable. Restoration is beautiful. Too bad some rooms are offices and would have LOVED to see basement with pool and bowling alley but I understand they have to think about safety. Worth the trip!

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Manchester, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

We had a great tour here with Shawna, our tour guide. Mansion was very interesting and not as pretentious as its counterpart in Duluth. A lot of history. Reasonably priced.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

More than satisfied by our tour! Very informative guide, learned something interesting about wisconsin history! Loved all the wood detail in every room!

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West Milford, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

Time your arrival to start the interior tour at the top of the hour. The tour is worth it to view the interior woodwork and learn the history of the mansion. Also take the time to view the exterior from all sides and to enjoy the grounds. We enjoyed our visit.

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O'Fallon, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

The would work in the home is stunning! The design is really interesting. The exterior has been beautifully restored. The first floor has been restored "fairly well". What is sad -- is that they do not appear ready for company. Every thing is kind of in flux: Something is going on in almost every room -- why?? Do not show... More 

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Marshfield, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

We saw the mansion and decided to stop and visit it. It was wonderful getting to hear all the history. Our guide was fantastic. He knew so much of the existence of the mansion and the family. I would highly recommend viewing it.

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