June 22, 2014

Riverlore Mansion


Riverlore Mansion is located in Cairo, Illinois' residential section at 28th and Washington Avenue.  This area of Cairo was once known as "Millionaire's Row".

Riverlore Mansion was buit in 1865 by Captain William Parker Halliday, a prominent businessman in Cairo and a riverboat captain.  It was Captain Halliday's wife and daughters who presented The Hewer to the City of Cairo in 1906 in his memory as described in my previous post.


Riverlore Mansion is across the street from the Magnolia Manor.  The roof of Riverlore was designed to be flat to resemble the deck of a steamboat so that Captain Halliday could view the river standing on his roof.  He lived at the Riverlore Mansion for 34 years.

It was after the Civil War that Halliday and his four brothers rapidly expanded their business interests in Cairo.  By the end of his life, he was a multimillionaire.

The City of Cairo purchased Riverlore in an effort to preserve it.  It has been used for bridal showers, baby showers, engagement parties, weddings, among other social events since.  Its upkeep was done by volunteers.

It is now for sale, and if you want to see pictures inside the home, you can find them here.  It is listed under "In Town Living".


Cairo has a very interesting and rich history.  I am looking forward to sharing more about Cairo with you in the future!


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