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A Storied Structure

When The History Center invited the community to the Douglas Mansion in October of 2018, the organization will be opened the doors to more than a building. It opened the doors to an opportunity unlike any in the organization's own history.

The Douglas Mansion is the perfect location for The History Center. Ideally located near many iconic Linn County structures and institutions, the mansion provides excellent space for both exhibits and programming in addition to being a historically significant treasure in and of itself. This location offers The History Center many advantages, including:

  • An easily accessible building one block from First Avenue and three blocks from I-380 with free parking

  • Opportunities to partner with the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art through the adjacent Five Turner Alley, Grant Wood's studio in the Douglas Mansion carriage house

  • Potential to collaborate with the Iowa Masonic Library across the alley, which houses over 150,000 volumes as well as fascinating artifacts

 

Keep reading below to learn more about the history of the Douglas Mansion: