David Davis Mansion
The David Davis Mansion, also known as Clover Lawn, is a Victorian home in Bloomington, Illinois that was the residence of David Davis, Supreme Court justice (1862-1877) and Senator from Illinois. It is an elegant mansion whit a style that is a combination of Italianate and Second Empire, two of the most popular architectural designs in the Victorian era. The mansion is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark.
Backstory and Context
The mansion itself was built in 1872 on the site of an old farm. It was designed by both Sarah Davis and Alfred Piquenard, the architect who also designed the state capitol buildings of Iowa and Illinois. The three-story home was a luxurious marvel of its time, having been built with thirty-six rooms, expensive furnishings, running water, a central furnace, and gas lighting.
The home is a museum open to the general public for tours from Wednesday through Sunday. The home hosts many seasonal events including "Halloween at Clover Lawn," and "The Blessings of the Table" at Thanksgiving. During the winter holiday season the mansion is lavishly decorated for the Christmas holiday.