In the heart of the Midwest, there is a historic gem gifted to the residents of Moline, IL, and its future visitors, by the descendants of John Deere. Located in a hilltop area known as Overlook, the property boasts two unique homes that are open to the public for guided tours, as well as year-round cultural and educational events. Thousands of visitors from around the world have crossed the doorsteps of the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House to enjoy an informative and insightful look into the lives of their distinguished former residents.
Deere-Wiman House and Butterworth Center - two majestic mansions built in the late 1800s by Charles Deere, son of John Deere. The homes are open for guided tours and special events. Outstanding gardens are open for viewing any time during daylight hours. Private tours of the homes are available by appointment. Donations appreciated.
One special feature is the Butterworth Library, built in 1917. The room was designed to hold an 18th century Italian ceiling painting. The painting was originally in Venice, Italy, and was purchased by the Butterworths through a New York art dealer. Believed to have been painted by Gaspare Diziani in the 1710s or 1720s, the painting is one of only six known Venetian ceiling paintings to exist in the United States today.
Tours of Deere-Wiman House offer visitors an authentic glimpse into Victorian family life and architectural innovations of the past century. Points of interest include an elevator believed to date from the 1890’s, a Kimball pipe organ (c. 1910 - 1920) in the library, and a multi-nozzle spa shower reminiscent of the healing hot spring resort waters popular during the Victorian era.