New Special-Themed Tour at Brucemore Exploring Preservation Projects and Issues

By July 10, 2019 No Comments

Discover preservation in progress this summer at Brucemore, one of Iowa’s most iconic historic sites, through a new special-themed Preservation Tour—July 24 or August 20 at 5:30 p.m.The 26-acre estate features six historic structures that create a complex puzzle of aging stone, wood, metal, slate, glass, and brick.  Through this tour, Executive Director David Janssen will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the on-going preservation work on the mansion envelope and access to buildings not interpreted on a regular tour.

Earlier this summer, Brucemore announced the launch of the Pride and Preservation Campaign, which has raised nearly $3 million of the $5 million goal. The campaign will support three critical areas—preservation of historic assets, investment in capital infrastructure, and improvements to security and fire initiatives—as determined through studies by independent experts. Early campaign gifts are funding the current work on the mansion’s roof and south façade that kicked off in May 2019. Over 80% of funding spent on campaign projects will go to Corridor businesses.

Tickets for the Preservation Tour are $15 per adult or $10 per student. Purchase tickets online at or by calling (319) 362-7375. Tours begin at the Visitor Center located in the historic carriage house on the property. The Preservation Tour is part of Brucemore’s specialty tour series. Throughout the year, explore focus topics, including arts and culture, Midwestern industry, gardening, landscape design, architecture, preservation, and behind-the-scenes at Brucemore. For more information or to donate to the campaign, or call (319) 362-7375.

About the Mansion Envelope Restoration Project

In 2018, Brucemore kicked off a three-phase Mansion Envelope Restoration Project. This $4 million project aims to stabilize the structure by fixing the causes of deterioration rather than only symptoms. Ultimately, this work will protect the irreplaceable works of art, furnishings, and documents that tell the story of Brucemore. Phase I of the Mansion Envelope Restoration project to stabilize and restore the enclosed Service Porch was completed in April 2019.  Phases II and III will focus on the roof, north, south, east, and west facades of the mansion, specifically restoring the roof cresting and slate, window glass and wood, exterior trim, doors, light fixtures, and exterior brick walls. This project is being funded by donations towards the Pride and Preservation Campaign.

About Brucemore

Brucemore is a living landmark that charts the history of Cedar Rapids. The independent non-profit preserves and shares the estate through innovative, collaborative programming that inspires those who visit today. The site’s story is a lens to the past and a reminder of the people, the events, and the drive that shaped the Cedar Rapids community. Brucemore is an irreplaceable asset and a powerful reminder that the shared history belongs to everyone. For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit


Tara Richards

Director of Community Engagement

Brucemore, Inc.