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“Nice place to tour. ”
Review of Lanier Mansion

Lanier Mansion
Ranked #2 of 27 things to do in Madison
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

Lanier is a great older home to tour. Kids enjoy it as well. I took my parents and they enjoyed walking around the garden also. It is a bonus that it is right on the river.

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Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

The tour starts on the hour except at noon and lasted about 35 minutes. No frills, just the basics. Beautiful house with gorgeous spiral staircase. Lay your phone/camera on the center of the railing base to get a great photo looking all the way up to the website in the roof. Period furniture sms enhancements.

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Reviewed 30 September 2017

Didn't know anything about this "Lanier" person and why he was so important to Indiana. Now I do! Tours each hour on the hour (except at noon) - only takes about 20 minutes. 3 floors and the spiral staircase is very unique. Tour guide did a nice job of explanations and answering questions. Worth the time.

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Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

Beautifully preserved by the State of Indiana, the grand home of wealthy and generous James F.D. Lanier, is well worth a tour. The Docents are very knowledgeable and willing to share the story of Mr. Lanier and his rise to prominence. There are a few "family " pieces of furniture, but is very nicely appointed with period furnishings from the extensive Indiana State Museum collections. Lanier lured Maryland architect, Francis Costigan, to Madison to design his beautiful home. Costigan's hallmark is the detailed woodwork , curved doors and the inspiring spiral staircase. Plan on a full hour here for your guided tour...time well spent.

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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Our tour guide was interesting, very knowledgeable, he was able to answer any question that was asked. It was interesting to see how the wealthy people lived back in the day and the way they decorated.

1  Thank Sandy A
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