EDITOR'S PICK: Glensheen Mansion bedroom opens to the public for the first time ever


For the first time ever, visitors will be able to see inside a long-closed room at Duluth's historic Glensheen Mansion.

The 39-room home, built by the influential Congdon family and completed in 1908, has a infamous history that includes the grisly 1977 murders of heiress Elisabeth Congdon and her night nurse.

Since the University of Minnesota Duluth opened the home as a museum in 1979, groups have been led past the closed bedroom door of the Congdon's youngest child, Robert, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

But starting Wednesday, the bedroom can be viewed as part of the expanded tour, which takes guests to the third floor of the famous mansion.

The room, which features "Birds in Flight" stenciling on the walls, was greatly altered in later years when Robert's older sister Elisabeth Congdon lived in the home, the Glensheen Mansion's Facebook page notes.

For the past two years, the museum has worked to track down the room's original furniture – a desk is still missing – and restore the room to its original glory, with the help of conservators from the Minneapolis-based Midwest Art and Conservation Center, the museum says on Facebook.

But that restoration has come at a price – albeit a worthwhile one – of $18,000, the museum says. It used funds from Glensheen Gala events, family donations and ticket sales to fund the restoration.

During the restoration process, the museum found guns stored in the room and it's now trying to figure out who they belonged to so they can be included on the tour, the Duluth News Tribune notes.

"It just goes to show Glensheen is a never-ending research project," Jane Pederson, Glensheen’s marketing manager, told the newspaper.

More restoration projects are in the works at the mansion, including the bedroom of Albert, another of the Congdon children, which could cost around $27,000, the Facebook page notes.

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