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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 holiday tours and special events only. Outstanding gardens are open for viewing any time during daylight hours. Private tours of the homes are available by making an appointment. Donations appreciated.

Prized Venetian Art Ceiling in the Butterworth Center - the 50-foot canvas ceiling painting was purchased by William and Katherine Butterworth, granddaughter of John Deere, from P.W. French and Company of New York in 1917. The art was never signed; it came from Hotel Danieli, formerly a palazzo of the Dandolo family in Venice, Italy, and for 90 years it was believed to depict the Dandolo family. New discoveries have revealed that the ceiling painting was completed in the 1720s or 1730s by the Valerian brothers, significant artists of the 18th century and was commissioned by the Bernando family, not the Dandolo family. Only a handful of their paintings remain.

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