It started as an inquiry from the Gift Shop Manager, Kaycie, asking if I'd be interested in illustrating the mansion for a card for them. I take into account if I like the subject matter, if it's of interest to customers, a worthy historic and supported site and if I can take my own pictures for reference. Yes, on all fronts and I went over with my Mom for a tour of the estate and house last October.
Brucemore is a 26 acre estate containing a 19th century mansion that 3 different families called home. You can learn more about these families and the history of Brucemore on their site here.
Kaycie met us and gave us a walking tour of the grounds past the carriage house, which is where the Visitor Center and Gift Shop are located, as well as the gardens, green house, outdoor theatre, pond, book bindery, servant homes and around the front of the home that has a massive yard facing one of the main streets in Cedar Rapids. Here are a few of my pictures from that day:
The inside of the house is wonderful, too! There's a plaster mural by a young Grant Wood in the sleeping porch. Go take a tour if you are in the Eastern Iowa area. Check out the list of other fun events happening there on their website.