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Brucemore, Cedar Rapids

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Landmark
Brucemore, a park-like, 26-acre (110,000 m2) estate in the heart of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is the site of a Queen Anne-style mansion, formal gardens, a children's garden, night garden, pond, orchard, and woodland. Built between 1884 and 1886 by Caroline Sinclair, widow of pioneer industrialist T.M. Sinclair, Brucemore has been home to three prominent families who used the estate as a center for culture and the arts. Brucemore, whose name alludes to the Scottish moors of the second owner's ancestral home, is Iowa's only National Trust Historic Site and is preserved by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in co-stewardship with Brucemore, Inc. Under the name of the T.M. Sinclair Mansion, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The mansion has three stories, and contains twenty-one rooms. Distinctive features include a steeply gabled roof, five chimneys, and several turrets.

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  • We stayed at a B&B in Cedar Rapids (Belmont Hill) and the owners recommended that we pay a visit to Brucemore. We did, it was a very nice and bright sunny day in March, 2020 just right for walking...  more »
  • This place is a must-see if you are in Cedar Rapids.Tucked away on a gorgeous piece of property just minutes from downtown is a complex of interesting buildings that have been constructed over a...  more »
  • This is a very interesting property to tour and learn about the occupants who made it their home. If you are visiting In Cedar Rapids it is a something you will want to see. We are glad we stopped by. The gardens were not yet in bloom but I am sure they would make the tour even more enjoyable. There are 3 floors to tour plus the basement so be ready for climbing stairs. Our docent did a fine job in describing the home and occupants.
  • We came for the Charlotte's Web play. It was great. Parking attendants were so valuable. I am from out of state so wasn't aware there was a museum here. Will be back to visit.
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