(Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
Excerpts from Roadchick K:
Brucemore is one of those historic sites that a lot of residents have lived near and just haven’t gotten around to visiting. Owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Brucemore has been beautifully restored and does an excellent job of telling visitors the history of the residents and their lives.
This story isn’t sordid, it’s fairly normal, except for the final owners, who were slightly eccentric. The final owner was the daughter of the second family to live in the house and her husband. They didn’t have any children of their own and the house turned into quite a showpiece. The interestingly, eccentric addition was made by the husband. In the basement of the home is his “man zone,” there is a Tiki Room, which even has a tin roof with rain pouring on it for authentic sound effects. There are even mermaids encased in glass on the walls whose bounties are now tastefully covered up for the kiddies on the tours.
They keep you in suspense until the end of the tour for this. But it’s worth a stop just to see the Tiki Room.