2160 Linden Dr SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
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Phone: 319-362-7375
Fax: 319-362-9481

Brucemore’s 26-acre, park-like estate invites exploration of its history, gardens, grounds, and 21-room Mansion. Each season, nature’s changing beauty entices visitors to the estate offering new experiences. Concerts, theater, festivals, garden walks, holiday celebrations, and tours enliven the site and celebrate the heritage of the community.

The families of Brucemore were business and community leaders in a century of evolution of the Midwest. 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.

  • Caroline Sinclair, widow of pioneer industrialist T.M. Sinclair and mother of six, hired architects Josselyn and Taylor to build Brucemore for $55,000 in 1884.
  • In 1906, George Bruce Douglas, of the Quaker Oats and Douglas & Company fortunes, acquired Brucemore with his wife, Irene, and transformed the property into a country estate.
  • In 1937, their daughter, Margaret, inherited Brucemore with her husband business leader, Howard Hall. They added flair to the estate with famous guests, including Presidents Herbert Hoover and Harry Truman and their exotic pet lion, Leo.
  • In 1981, Margaret left Brucemore to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It exists today as a historic site museum and community cultural center.


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