The Douglas Era Mansion: 1906-1937
Inside and out: Renovations and upgrades
Although little evidence on the interior of the mansion during the Sinclair era exists, the available information reveals extensive changes by the Douglases. Victorian ornateness gave way to the more simplistic decoration style of the Edwardian Era.
The Douglases hired Chicago architect Howard Van Doren Shaw to oversee $30,000 of renovations:
- Shifting the mansion entrance from the First Avenue side to the Linden Drive side
- Installing butternut paneling and faux ceiling beams in the Great Hall
- Adding porches on the east and west sides of the mansion
- Developing the North Terrace and removing the conservatory
- Enclosing the Servants' Porch and constructing a service yard
- Adding Shaw's trademark "Baskets of Plenty" to the mansion's interior and the throughout estate
Several stained glass windows were removed and elaborate cabinets in the Dining Room were simplified. Electric lighting replaced gas. The Douglases added an electric refrigerator to the home, which was a significantly modern upgrade in 1925.
A closer look....
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Check our other image galleries and pages showcasing Brucemore's fascinating history:
- Meet the Douglas Family: Influential members in the development of Cedar Rapids.
- Explore the Estate: Images of Brucemore's gardens and grounds throughout history.
- Tour the Mansion: A virtual tour inside the Mansion depicting changes made by Brucemore families.
- Browse Our Collections: Detailed views and descriptions of Brucemore's artifacts.
- Preserving Brucemore's Heritage: Caring for the estate's buildings and objects.