Are you a history buff? Do you enjoy learning new things? Or, perhaps, you’re looking for a unique weekend activity? If so, look no further than Ruthmere Mansion in Elkhart, Indiana.
About Ruthmere Mansion
Ruthmere Mansion is a gorgeous example of a Beaux-Arts residence. Accordingly, Albert and Elizabeth Beardsley commissioned its building in 1908. The design work by Enock Hill Turnock is unparalleled. Construction was finished in 1910, when the Beardsleys named their new home in honor of their deceased baby daughter, Ruth.
The couple had no other children. However, they lived in the three-story house overlooking the Saint Joseph River for fourteen years. After their deaths in 1924, several members of the Beardsley family moved in and lived in the mansion for twenty years. The Deputy family eventually purchased the Ruthmere Mansion in 1945. The present owner of this historic building, the Beardsley Foundation, purchased the home from the Deputy family in 1969.
The Attractions At Ruthmere Mansion
Today, Ruthmere Mansion is a public museum. The Beardsley Foundation took great pains to restore it when they assumed its ownership. The renovations were made infinitely easier by the fact that the house was in prime condition.
The house spans three stories and has a basement. Throughout the mansion, you’ll find various pieces of artwork, including Tiffany lamps and sculptures by Rodin himself (yes, the sculptor behind ‘The Thinker”), as well as beautiful architectural elements and decorations from the early 1900s.
In addition, there is also a greenhouse, connected to the main house by an underground tunnel, a small garage out back, and beautiful gardens. In the garage, you’ll find the Robert B. Beardsley Arts Reference Library of American Domestic Architecture and Decorative Arts.
All in all, Ruthmere Mansion is an absolutely wonderful way to spend an afternoon, especially if you appreciate old houses and historic locations! Tickets can be purchased at the door, and admission is free on some Sundays throughout the season.Back to all posts