After months of renovations, the Chapin Mansion is officially open for tours. (Leader photo/AMBROSIA NELDON)
After months of renovations, the Chapin Mansion is officially open for tours. (Leader photo/AMBROSIA NELDON)

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Open for tours

Published 10:44am Thursday, August 14, 2014

NILES — Michiana residents have an opportunity to step back in time when the Niles History Center begins tour season next week.

The historic Chapin Mansion was built in 1882 by Henry and Ruby Chapin. The Chapins earned their fortune through the iron ore industry in Michigan’s upper peninsula. Now visitors can see firsthand the historic artistry that went into building the mansion.

The mansion, located at 508 E. Main St., in Niles, is built in the American Aesthetic style and features stunning stained glass windows, interior wood carving, fireplaces and chandeliers. The organization will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 23, in which visitors will be welcomed by Ruby (Mrs. Henry) Chapin, and then guide themselves through the mansion.

Trained tour guides will be posted throughout the first and second floors of the house to answer questions and point out the restoration work that has been completed at the mansion during the last eight months.

Tours during the open house are free.

Beginning Aug. 29, guided tours will be conducted on Fridays and Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. There will be an admission fee of $5 per person for visitors ages 10 and older. For further information, visit the Niles History Center website at www.nileshistorycenter.com.

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