During the month of July 2015 we hosted 7,201 visitors to the David Davis Mansion! Our visitors were from 27 states, as well as Canada, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Germany, Kenya, South Korea, France, New Zealand, and South Africa.
In 1920, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Ewing commissioned Jens Jensen one of America's leading landscape architects from Highland Park, IL. to design a landscape for the home they were planning in Bloomington. On Jensen's recommendation, the Ewings hired Prairie-style architect John S. Van Bergen of Highland Park to design the house itself. Van Bergen had been an architect for Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural firm in Oak Park, IL. The house, called "Gray Ledges" was built in 1920-21 and Jensen added the first pool in Bloomington in 1922 along with a pool house. With the continual love and care of those who have called Gray Ledges 'home' over the years, the property exists today a beauty, hidden from view to all but a few.
Calling all cars! Vehicles of all styles, vintages and types are welcome to join the Fifth Annual "Cruise-In at the Mansion" scheduled for Saturday, September 12 from Noon to 4 p.m. at the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site at 1000 E. Monroe in Bloomington. The fundraising event for the David Davis Mansion Foundation is open to the public and a $5 donation is requested. There is no entry fee for participating vehicles.