About the Mansion

The Hegeler Carus Mansion was built in 1874 for Edward and Camilla Hegeler and their family.  Virtually unaltered since its completion more than a century ago, the Mansion is at once a family home, an example of high artistic achievement in architecture and interior design, and the site of historic accomplishments in industry, philosophy, publishing and religion.  Visitors today experience the charm of a bygone era and the heritage of a fascinating family whose history is woven in tightly with that of the Illinois Valley and the United States, as well as internationally.  The Hegeler Carus Foundation acquired the home in 1995 and began restoring it to its original grandeur in 2005.

What Kind of event can I have at the Hegeler Carus Mansion?

Intimate gatherings of up to 35 guests take place in the Grand Rooms on the main level of the house.  We can accommodate larger events outdoors on the grounds of the mansion.  We have hosted Weddings, Showers, Celebrations, Concerts, Family Reunions, Meetings, Seminars, Corporate Retreats, Social Events, Birthday Parties, Retirement Parties, Conferences, Company Picnics and private events.

Click to view our current Special Use Agreement and price list.

Wedding, Engagement or Special Occasion Photography

Couples who wed at the Hegeler Carus Mansion are allowed to take professional wedding photos during their celebration. Even if you are not celebrating your wedding at the Hegeler Carus Mansion, you may choose to have a professional photo session on our beautifully landscaped grounds.

Couples may do this by making an appointment and renting the Mansion or grounds.  This requires a signed rental contract, photo agreement and advanced approval. Photography sessions are subject to the availability of the Mansion and staff.

The Mansion and grounds are constantly under construction and preservation.  For this reason, ALL professional photo sessions are required to have a staff member present at all times.  For your safety, and the preservation of the Hegeler Carus Mansion all rules and regulations must be respected.  View the Photography Agreement.

Would you like to host your special event at the Hegeler Carus Mansion? Call us for more information: (815) 224-5891

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