Open House planned for Decatur’s Powers Mansion

DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — The historic Powers Mansion is having an open house next week.

The current owner is giving people the chance to get a glimpse of the house on 357 West Decatur Street before restoration on the mansion begins.

“History of the Heartland knows the importance of letting people see the home before the restoration begins,” said History of the Heartland chairman Bret Robertson. “Thousands have followed the story of the Mansion on our Facebook page and are curious now to have a look inside.”

The Open House is next Wednesday May 15 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 and all the money will go toward renovation efforts.

On the tour, groups of 10 will hear from volunteers stationed in rooms who will talk about the the history and legend of the home, the Powers family, the Jarvis family, and the previous Bachrach restoration. Organizers also said the first 500 attendees will receive a unique oversized postcard picture of the Mansion in its current state with instructions on how to contribute to the renovation fund.

Parking is available for tourgoers at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church at 250 West Decatur, or on the Church Street side of the Decatur Professional Plaza, located at 363 South Main Street, officials said.

The tour is part of the 6th annual Historic Preservation Week.

More information can be found on History of the Heartland’s Facebook page or by calling 217-791-1385.

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