See century-old imported chandeliers, ornate woodworking, intricate hand-painted ceilings and more on a one-hour tour of a Victorian-era mansion that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1874, the Mansion has many features that were ahead of their time:
– A two-story gymnasium believed to be America’s oldest
– Indoor plumbing
– A speaker-tube system for communicating from one room to another
– 13′ ceilings
– Parquet floors and exquisite woodwork
– Hand-painted ceilings
Visitors today experience the grandeur of a bygone era and the heritage of a fascinating family whose history is woven tightly with that of the Illinois Valley and the United States, as well as internationally.
“The Hegeler Carus Mansion and its collection are a direct link to that which made Illinois a world cultural center in the later 19th century. The treasures of the Hegeler Carus Mansion show it to be the most important survivor of German heritage of its time. This is a unique distinction not only for La Salle and Illinois, but also for the United States.”-Rolf Achilles, Art Historian and Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Hegeler Carus Mansion will be offering free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families as part of the Blue Star Museums program.
Location: 1307 Seventh Street, LaSalle
Tours: Wednesdays – Sundays
12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.
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Call: (815) 224-6543