Rivertown Inn Welcomes New Sister Property: The Van Dusen Mansion

Rivertown Inn is proud to announce the grand opening of our sister property, The Van Dusen Mansion on Thursday, July 22nd, 2010. Located in Minneapolis, MN, The Van Dusen Mansion is a contemporary events center enveloped in elegance and grandeur. Rising from a pedestal of earth in downtown Minneapolis, this breathtaking and enchanted property is ideal for weddings, corporate events and gatherings of any kind.

The Van Dusen Mansion was built in 1892 for George Washington Van Dusen and his wife, Nancy. Mr. Van Dusen was an entrepreneur who founded Minnesota’s first and most prosperous grain firm in 1883. After Mr. Van Dusen passed away, his estate remained in the family for decades. In the 1940s it was sold and began serving a variety of commercial uses. Many years later the property was abandoned. In 1994, a city permit was issued to demolish the grand, historic structure. Just two weeks before the demolition was to begin, a heroic investor swept in, bought the property, and initiated an epic three year restoration project. Thanks to a brilliant architect, tireless craftspeople and tremendous resources, the Van Dusen Mansion was restored to its original splendor and earned distinction on the National Register of Historic Places.

Today, the Van Dusen Mansion is an events center equipped for the 21st century and a beacon of old-world prosperity and elegance. The Mansion evokes a Richardson Romanesque style, complemented by spires and turrets of French Renaissance. When guests enter through the Porte Cochere, they will be immersed in a lavish interior world adorned with rich woodwork, Persian rugs, stained glass windows and glistening chandeliers.

Beyond the Mansion, the property has several engaging spaces: a two-tiered Carriage House, a spacious Grand Event Center and an iron-gated courtyard graced with oriental lilacs, birch clusters, and a dry stack stone wall.

This breathtaking property is ideal for weddings, corporate events, and gatherings of any kind. Contact The Van Dusen Mansion today to schedule a private viewing.


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