Capital Campaign Reaches 98% of Goal

Brucemore Receives State Tax Credits

August 7th, 2020

Photo-Aug-04-1-40-31-PM.jpgBrucemore was awarded $1.18 million through the Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program by the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) last month. Brucemore is one of only 15 organizations across the state to receive this award in 2020. As a result, Brucemore reached a milestone in its Pride & Preservation campaign by raising over $4.8 million towards the organization’s $5 million goal.

“The support from the Corridor and State of Iowa in our first ever capital campaign has been tremendous,” said Executive Director David Janssen. “The investment and participation from more than 500 personal and organizational donors help ensure Brucemore remains a nationally significant historic site and cultural hub for future generations.”

The Historic Tax Credit award supports the largest of the Pride & Preservation campaign projects—the Mansion Envelope Restoration Project. This four-phase project kicked off in 2017 and is slated for completion in 2021. It aims to address critical deterioration on the exterior of the 1886 Queen Anne style mansion to mitigate water and pest infiltration. These threats pose a significant risk to the interior, which houses thousands of pieces of furniture, artwork, objects, and diaries that date back to the early 20th century and help share the stories of the people who lived and worked on the estate.

“Preserving the 19th century mansion at the heart of the 26-acre estate is critical to our ability to inspire community interaction year-round,” said Executive Director David Janssen. “Up until this point, we had only been able to invest on average $135,000 a year towards preservation across the site’s seven structures, 26-acres, and thousands of artifacts. Studies show that we need to spend between $500,000 and $1 million a year in perpetuity.” 

In addition to supporting the Mansion Envelope Restoration Project, funds to the Pride & Preservation campaign will support two other areas of critical need—investment in sitewide electrical infrastructure, and improvements to security and fire prevention initiatives. The Pride & Preservation campaign kicked off publicly in June of 2019. Donations to Pride and Preservation can be made by online or by sending a check to 2160 Linden Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403.

Brucemore is privately owned 501(c)3 non-profit, locally operated by an 18-member Board of Trustees. The organization relies on diverse revenue sources including grants, donations, program and usage fees, and endowment income. This supports operations, including routine maintenance of the estate and a robust annual program mix that has served more than 1 million people since 1981.

The competitive Historic Tax Credit Program provides state income tax credits to support the retention of unique, character-defining buildings and features in communities across the state. It requires that all preservation work must meet the highest federal Secretary of Interior standards. The Iowa Department of Economic Development administers the Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program in partnership with the State Historic Preservation Office. Learn more about the Historic Preservation Tax Credit.

General

Do I need to pay to enter the estate and walk on the grounds?

No. Visiting the Brucemore estate during grounds hours is free. Tickets are only required for scheduled tours and events, and they can be purchased in advance online.

Is a reservation needed to visit Brucemore?

You do not need a reservation to visit the grounds on your own. You do need a ticket to go inside the mansion. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance online or by calling 319-362-7375 for any of our mansion tours or other scheduled special themed tours due to limited capacity. Please visit our calendar to see upcoming opportunities and to purchase your tickets.

Touring the Mansion

Can I take pictures inside the mansion?

Yes. Photography is allowed during tours for personal, non-professional use. Tripods, selfie-sticks, or other photography equipment will not be permitted. Photographs should not distract from others’ enjoyment.

How large is the mansion?

Brucemore is approximately 15,000 square feet.

How many fireplaces, rooms, and floors does Brucemore have?

There are 21 “main” rooms, 14 fireplaces and four floors plus an attic.

Is all of the furniture original to the house and families?

Much of the furniture you will see on display belonged to the second or third families to live at Brucemore; however, some pieces had to be replaced with replicas or similar antiques.

Is the mansion handicap accessible?

The Brucemore mansion includes multiple floors and several staircases. Because of the historic architecture, some spaces are not accessible. Due to preservation work, the wheelchair lift that offers accessibility to the first floor is not available at this time. An elevator is not available from the first floor to the other floors at any time. Learn more about accessibility at Brucemore.

Group and School Tours

Is there an age requirement for students visiting Brucemore?

You do not have to be a certain age to visit or attend a program at Brucemore. Different programs are best suited for different ages. Tours of the mansion are recommended for 4th grade students and older.

Where do we park?

Parking is available on site a short walk from the mansion or carriage house. Buses must follow special instructions. Large events may not be able to accommodate on-site parking; please see the event calendar information for exceptions.

Is bus parking available?

Yes. Bus parking is available near the carriage house. Buses must arrive via special directions as they are unable to fit in our historic gates.

Is there a lunch area at Brucemore?

There are a couple of small picnic tables in the orchard and Adirondack chairs in pairs across the property to utilize during the warmer months. You are also welcome to bring your own blanket or chair to picnic on the grounds. Please carry out any trash to help our small staff keep the grounds beautiful.

Does my group have to arrive together?

Your group does not have to arrive together, however, parking on site is limited.

What is your payment policy?

Brucemore admission for group tours is often requested to be paid prior to the visit and a deposit may be required. Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card and should be paid in one sum.

Do I need to make an appointment to tour the mansion?

You must have a ticket to a tour or program inside the mansion. Many tours do sell out in advance; purchase online or by calling 319-362-7375 in advance of your visit to guarantee your spot. See the schedule here.

Is the mansion wheelchair accessible?

The mansion is not currently accessible to wheelchairs due to preservation work. The mansion includes multiple flights of stairs. Most of the outdoor areas of the site are accessible. See our full accessibility information and contact us with additional questions regarding your visit.

Can I walk on the property?

Yes, the grounds and gardens are open daily most of the year. Several self-guided interpretive panels are available. See hours here.

What is Brucemore’s ticket policy?

Tickets are non-refundable, but may be rescheduled for comparable programs as space allows. Learn more.

I’m attending a large event at Brucemore. Where do I park?

Large events may require you to park offsite. Please read the event details on the calendar for specific information for each event.

Are weapons allowed at Brucemore?

We prohibit weapons on the property and at programs to ensure the safety and security of all employees and people visiting Brucemore.