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Brucemore, 2160 Linden Drive, Southeast, Cedar Rapids, Linn County, IA



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Location
Southeast, Cedar Rapids, IA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS IA-196
Significance: Brucemore is a 26-acre estate located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The property is centered around a 21-room mansion built in 1884-1886 for Mrs. Caroline Sinclair, widow of meat-packing entrepreneur Thomas M. Sinclair. The estate was acquired by the George Bruce Douglas family in 1906, in an exchange of houses between Mr. Douglas and Mrs. Sinclair. The Douglas family, which had made its fortune in grain, occupied the house until 1937, when Mrs. Douglas died. The Douglas' eldest daughter, Margaret, and her husband, Howard Hall, resided at Brucemore until their deaths. In March of 1981, Margaret Hall bequeathed the estate to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The estate is operated in co-stewardship with the National Trust by Brucemore, Inc., a non-profit organization, as a public historic site, house museum, and community cultural center. In addition to the mansion there are eight other buildings, a swimming pool, duck pond, formal gardens, and an orchard at Brucemore. Brucemore throughout its history exemplified the lives of prominent citizens in a small Midwestern urban center. The exterior of the house exemplifies the Queen Anne style, while the interior with its English Manor style great hall is characteristic of the American country house of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The design for the house was principally the work of the local architectural firm of Henry S. Josselyn and Eugene H. Taylor, while the circa 1908 remodeling for the Douglas family was designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw.

Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. EXTERIOR, SOUTH ELEVATION, VIEW FORM THE SOUTH LOOKING NORTH
2. EXTERIOR, SOUTHWEST ELEVATION, VIEW LOOKING NORTH
3. EXTERIOR, CHIMNEY DETAIL, SOUTHWEST CORNER, VIEW LOOKING NORTHEAST
4. EXTERIOR, NORTHWEST ELEVATION, VIEW LOOKING SOUTHEAST
5. EXTERIOR, NORTH ELEVATION, VIEW LOOKING SOUTH
6. EXTERIOR, EAST ELEVATION, VIEW LOOKING WEST
7. INTERIOR, GREAT HALL LOOKING TOWARD STAIR AND ENTRANCE HALL, FIRST FLOOR, SOUTH WALL VIEW FROM THE NORTH LOOKING SOUTH
8. INTERIOR, FROM FIRST FLOOR STAIR LANDING DOWN TO THE GREAT HALL, BETWEEN FIRST AND SECOND FLOORS, NORTH WALL, VIEW FROM SOUTH LOOKING NORTH
9. INTERIOR, GREAT HALL LOOKING TOWARD THE LIBRARY, FIRST FLOOR, SORTH AND WEST WALLS, VIEW FROM THE SOUTHWEST LOOKING NORTHWEST
10. INTERIOR, LIBRARY WITH THE FIREPLACE, FIRST FLOOR, NORTH AND WEST WALLS, VIEW FORM THE SOUTHEAST LOOKING NORTHWEST
11. INTERIOR, SITTING ROOM, FIRST FLOOR, SOUTHWEST WALL, VIEW FORM THE NORTHEAST LOOKING SOUTHWEST
12. INTERIOR, DINING ROOM INCLUDING THE FIREPLACE, FIRST FLOOR, EAST WALL, VIEW FORM THE SOUTHWEST LOOKING NORTHEAST
13. INTERIOR, CENTRAL STAIR LOOKING INTO THE BOUDIOR, SECOND FLOOR, EAST WALL, VIEW FROM THE NORTHEAST LOOKING SOUTHWEST
14. INTERIOR, SWAN ROOM BEDROOM, THIRD FLOOR, NORTH AND WEST WALL, VIEW FORM SOUTHEAST LOOKING NORTHWEST


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