Stories from the Big House


The mission of the Hegeler Carus Foundation is to encourage and support cultural activities by restoring and using the Hegeler Carus Mansion, an American center of philosophical, scientific, and religious dialogue.
The Foundation was formed in 1995 to save and revitalize the Hegeler Carus Mansion.
Here are some photos to show how far we've come.

The Hegeler Carus Mansion in it's prime

The Hegeler Carus Mansion in 1990
Spring 2011

Julius W. Hegeler I Home 
Julius W. Hegeler Home 1905
In December 2006 the Foundation purchased the Julius W. Hegeler I Home with a challenge grant from the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust. This home is located directly across the street from the Mansion at 1306 Seventh Street.
The Hegeler Carus Foundation is grateful to the Jeffris Heartland Fund, for a matching grant administered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  The grant was used to hire architect John Eifler. Eifler and Associates prepared the Historic Structure Report for the Julius W. Hegeler I Home and are overseeing the exterior restoration projects that began in the summer of 2011.
In 2009, the home was added to the National Register of Historic Places, and the roof's restoration has been completed with the addition of a new slate roof.

The North side of the Julius W. Hegeler Home prior to rescue

South Side of the Julius W. Hegeler Home before it was
purchased by the foundation.

South Side of the Julius W. Hegeler Home during a repair

In 2009 a new roof was installed