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Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House

Tour the Deere Wiman House and Butterworth Center

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Sunday
MondayBy Appt. Only
TuesdayBy Appt. Only
WednesdayBy Appt. Only
ThursdayBy Appt. Only
FridayBy Appt. Only
Saturday
Special hours: Sunday tours in July and August. Admission is free.

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11th Avenue between 7th and 10th streets, in the Overlook District in Moline, Illinois

About Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House

In the Overlook District of Moline, these historic homes belonged to John Deere’s descendants are now year-round sites for quality educational and  cultural events.

History:

Butterworth Center: In 1892, Charles Deere built Butterworth Center a block from his own home, Overlook (now Deere-Wiman House), as a wedding gift for his youngest daughter Katherine and her husband William Butterworth.

Over the years, the Butterworths tripled the size of their home, which they named Hillcrest. Included in the additions were two unique features. As part of the 1909 addition to the living room, a pipe organ built by the Bennett Organ Company was installed. Later in 1938, Mrs. Butterworth hired the Stannke Organ Company of Rock Island, Illinois, to perform extensive rebuilding and additions. At that time, the organ was probably one of the largest residential organs in the Midwest. A major restoration of the Bennett-Stannke organ was completed in the spring of 2008.

Another special feature of Butterworth Center is the library, built in 1917. The room was designed to hold an 18th century Italian ceiling painting originally found in Venice, Italy, and purchased  by the Butterworths through a New York art dealer. Believed to have been painted by Gaspare Diziani, the painting is one of only six known Venetian ceiling paintings existing in the United States today.

In 1910, the Butterworths designed extensive formal gardens, which included a lawn bowling field and pathways that wind past a fountain, through a large pergola, and into a charming summer gazebo.

Because of Katherine's generosity and foresight, visitors may still wander the lush grounds among countless species of plants or take a moment to savor the view from Butterworth Center's ample, screened porch.

Interior tours of the Center lead guests through three floors of handsomely appointed rooms that originally served as living quarters to William and Katherine Butterworth.

Deere-Wiman House: In 1872, John Deere's son, Charles, built the Deere-Wiman House for his wife, Mary Little Dickinson Deere, and their daughters, Anna and Katherine, born in 1864 and 1866, respectively. The family named their Swiss Villa style residence Overlook because of its desirable hilltop location above the growing city of Moline, Illinois, and the family business, the John Deere Plow Works.

In the late 1800s, Deere-Wiman House was originally Victorian in architecture. However,  after a fire in 1899 caused extensive damage,   its roofline was changed.

Overlook served as home to four generations    of Deere descendants. After the death of Mrs. Pattie Southall Wiman in 1976, it was donated for public use. Today, tours of Deere-Wiman House offer visitors an authentic glimpse into Victorian family life and architectural innovations of the past century. Points of interest include an elevator believed to date from the 1890s, a Kimball pipe organ (c. 1910 - 1920) in the library, and a multi-nozzle spa shower reminiscent of the healing hot spring resort waters popular during the Victorian era.

The home's seven acres of formal gardens and walkways, as well as a child-size playhouse and three-story carriage house, beckon guests to explore the same lovely setting enjoyed by residents more than a century ago.

Tours: What better way to get a sense of two local historic homes than to come snoop around? Come join us on a tour of Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House, and learn the secrets of their first owners, the homes' design and construction, and their role  in the development of the Quad Cities. Upstairs, downstairs and everywhere in between, we'll give you a behind-the-scenes look at a fascinating chapter in local history.

Tours are available by appointment only during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Donations are welcome.

For more information or to schedule a tour, call (309) 743-2701 or e-mail: gsmall@ButterworthCenter.com

Community Use: Need a place for your organization to meet? Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House serves over 250 different groups by sharing our facilities with the Quad City Community. If you belong to a nonprofit organization or community group that meets for educational purposes or charitable service with an artistic or cultural focus, one of our four buildings may be ideal for conducting your meetings. We can accommodate groups in varying sizes ranging from 2 to 80. In addtion to space, we also profide equipment for presentations, such as laser projectors. And, if you want to serve food and beverages, our fully equipped kitchens are available, including allowance for caterer contracted by you.

What's the cost? There is no cost to a qualifying organization. Need more information? Visit our website at www.butterworthcenter.com and look for the Community Use page to find out how we can help your organization do great things. If you have questions, please call our staff at 309-743-2700.

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