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“Beautiful and Historic”
Review of 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 13 May 2014

The Brucemore Mansion is beautiful and I enjoyed the tour immensely! The woman that did my tour was very informative regarding the property as well as the people who lived here. When I visit a property like Brucemore filled with history, I like to get an idea who the people were and what life was like living in the mansion. I was not disappointed!

The gardens are also beautiful, although spring was just beginning to bloom the day I was there. There is a visitor center that has a gift shop, displays and public restrooms. After your ticket is purchased there you walk up to the museum. After the tour I had a chance to walk around the grounds and gardens.

Brucemore is beautiful and historic and I am glad that I came for the tour.

2  Thank GTWD
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"our tour guide"
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"balloon glow"
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"beautiful grounds"
in 10 reviews
"downton abbey"
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"decorated for christmas"
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"douglas family"
in 5 reviews
"old mansion"
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"three families"
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"front lawn"
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"christmas tour"
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"lovely home"
in 4 reviews
"tiki room"
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"holiday season"
in 5 reviews
"take pictures"
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"outdoor events"
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"gift shop"
in 13 reviews
"nice tour"
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

Wow this is a must see, especially the Christmas tour. Howard Hughes owned this for years and presidential candidate have spoke here and Presidents. Used to have Lions and tigers roaming the grounds and had a huge pool.These days they throw Jazz festivals etc.....

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Reviewed 15 April 2014

This beautiful mansion has been lovingly restored to its early 19th century splendor. The elaborate grounds play frequent host to everything from ballet to blues to artist's festivals. The "backstairs" tour is highly recommended.

Thank MysteryPoodle
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

A beautiful, historic mansion with wonderful architecture and history. There are many different events throughout the year held here. Well worth the time especially if you love exploring at older homes and appreciate atmosphere and ambience.

Thank Annette D
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

Brucemore is fantastic!! At Christmas time, it is even more so. I have found new things to marvel over every time I go there. It is definitely a treasure.

Thank Mary Lou C
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