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Brucemore

2160 Linden Dr SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403-1748
+1 319-362-7375
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beautiful piece of our midwestern city's history, not for out of town visitors only!

We have taken visitors here time and time again. But residents should watch for special events, the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Margaret L
Fantastic!

My wife humored me when I told her I wanted to visit. I told her about my uncle and the lion. She... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2017
bcreff
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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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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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2160 Linden Dr SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403-1748
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have taken visitors here time and time again. But residents should watch for special events, the annual Bluesmore blues festival is fantastic, the Balloon Glow Annual event is wonderful, and last Halloween they had a quirky, hilarious scarecrow exhibit free on the grounds behind...More

Thank Margaret L
Reviewed 12 September 2017

My wife humored me when I told her I wanted to visit. I told her about my uncle and the lion. She relented and in we went. This estate was a part of my life for a very long time while the Halls lived there...More

1  Thank bcreff
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Brucemore tour is enjoyable and educational. This site is appropriate for all ages. It is also affordable.

Thank Julie S
Reviewed 7 September 2017

We had a wonderful tour of Brucemore on our first trip to Cedar Rapids. The guided tour is excellent (one at the top of every hour). They guide you around the house, and you can walk through the beautiful gardens afterward. It is a beautiful...More

Thank Suz_Expat
Reviewed 22 August 2017

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 14 August 2017

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 9 August 2017

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 9 August 2017

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 8 August 2017

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 19 July 2017

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
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Elizabeth H
10 September 2017|
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Response from mmzeran | Reviewed this property |
We just parked on the grounds and walked into the house. It is a little ways to the house but certainly worth it. For a big event I'm sure you can park on the street or wherever you find. Just have to walk farther.
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