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Brucemore

2160 Linden Dr SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403-1748
+1 319-362-7375
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Great site.

The tour was a great experience! Our tour guide was nice and very knowledgeable about all the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Paige H
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A very interesting story behind Brucemore; i.e. the history of its ownership. The preservation is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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2160 Linden Dr SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403-1748
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Reviewed yesterday

The tour was a great experience! Our tour guide was nice and very knowledgeable about all the details of the house and family that lived there.

Thank Paige H
Reviewed 1 week ago

A very interesting story behind Brucemore; i.e. the history of its ownership. The preservation is remarkable and the cultural and educational benefits it provides to the community is impressive. Take your time in the gardens, they are breathtaking.

Thank lheadley
Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't miss the annual Balloon Glow or Orchastra Iowa events! Great venue to bring the family, a picnic dinner, some wine and sit on the expansive lawn and enjoy the best Cedar Rapids has to offer! The annual Tahitian Party fundraising dinner is a blast...More

Thank LovingIowa
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great view into the past of a rich Iowan house. If you are a fan downtown Abby, you will like to see a Iowan life for servants

Thank cdhcch
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I took a tour of Brucemore recently. We live in Cedar Rapids but neither of us are from the area. We didn't want to be those people who lived in New York city and never went to the Statue of Liberty. :)...More

Thank Kerri F
Reviewed 5 weeks 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.

1  Thank DPenn_11
Reviewed 12 July 2017 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 11 July 2017

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

2  Thank mmzeran
Reviewed 10 July 2017

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 10 July 2017 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
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