The Douglas Era Mansion: 1906-1937
Servants' Village: Providing housing and work space
The Servants' Village, located on the east side of the Brucemore estate, provided living and working space necessary for the Douglas family's servants to maintain the property.
Designed to be functional, the Servants' Village was set apart from the side of the estate enjoyed by the family. The buildings were accessed by a separate road so the hired help did not need to use the main entrance. A wall of hemlocks blocked the Servants' Village from view, while the green and brown building colors caused them to blend into the landscape.
Be sure to check out other image galleries showcasing Brucemore's fascinating history:
- Meet the Douglas Family: Two generations of profound influence on Cedar Rapids history.
- Explore the Estate: Douglas-era and modern images of Brucemore's famous gardens and grounds.
- Tour the Mansion: A virtual tour inside the Mansion depicting changes made by Brucemore families.
- Browse Our Collections: Detailed views and descriptions of some of Brucemore's art and artifacts.
- Saving the Lord & Burnham Greenhouse: An extensive rehabilitation preserved the 1915 structure.