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Brucemore

2160 Linden Dr SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403-1748
+1 319-362-7375
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You can walk through the beautiful gardens for free!!!

We were too late to tour the building but we walked through the beautiful gardens and I would say... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
DPenn_11
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Independence, Missouri
I learn something new each visit!

We had family in town visiting who were very interested in seeing Brucemore. I have always loved... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Misty H
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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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.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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2160 Linden Dr SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403-1748
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We were too late to tour the building but we walked through the beautiful gardens and I would say nothing could compare to all those beautiful flowers. I took lots of nice pictures and the day was perfect for a walk in the garden.

Thank DPenn_11
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had family in town visiting who were very interested in seeing Brucemore. I have always loved going on a tour, so had no problem agreeing to go again! The tour never disappoints! The house is beautiful, beyond words! Filled with so much history and...More

Thank Misty H
Reviewed 1 week ago

This home Is well worth your time. It has a lot of original furniture and the guides are full of information. Cedar Rapids has had a lot of history in the past and Brucemore is part of that. It is a lovely place. If you...More

Thank mmzeran
Reviewed 1 week ago

Brucemore is a direct connection to the past of Cedar Rapids. The tour is interesting, especially the painting done by Grant Wood. The grounds are beautiful and always well kept.

Thank Nancy D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took a family visit here at Christmas time. So beautiful. Snow was lightly falling, many different Christmas trees in the Main rooms. Loved the Tropical Tiki room downstairs. Great place to visit. Can't believe I waited so long to visit.

Thank Exxie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an interesting glimpse into the a time past when the wealthy were patrons of the arts, education and community culture. The tour is interesting, maybe not for young children. The lives of the families are discussed and the staff is outstanding.

Thank sciencetiger
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was an interesting tour with lots of good information about the families that lived there. Would recommend.

Thank Angelique K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoy history, so my first trip in Cedar Rapids was to the Brucemore Mansion, on Friday 6/23/17. We joined the first one hour tour of the mansion, which started I think at 11am. The tour was informative and the tourguide was knowledgeable and was...More

Thank Yvonne M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Scots would be proud of Ms. Brucemore for following up with her deceased husband's plans to build a luxury home in Cedar Rapids. Melanie was our tour guide and she knew all the details of the three families who lived here. The story is...More

Thank Nancy S
Reviewed 31 May 2017

This mansion is huge and located on a 20 acre block with beautiful gardens. The guided tour was excellent and you get to see nearly all rooms in the four story mansion. Well worth seeing.

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