Recently, my husband and I and my son and his wife visited this house. The mansion was built by Carl Weeks and his wife Edith. They had a budget of only $150,000 but ended up spending $3 million total on the house and furnishings. Mr. Weeks invented makeup foundation for women. Take the guided tour which is only $4 more, because you get to go in two additional rooms otherwise closed to the public. The library has a very unique and eclectic collection of books and rare items. This tour is probably more for teens and adults, but I found the history to be fascinating. The guides are well informed. We did not take time to see anything other than the house, but we all enjoyed it, including the men who were skeptical! It does have a small elevator which was helpful, because my husband has difficulty with too many stairs. It is well worth your time and money if you are already visiting the Des Moines area.
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