CONRAD — Conrad Mansion Country Estates will hold a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The new senior living center is located at 31121 Hawk Ave. It was built 40 years ago as a family home in the French Provincial style and has hosted a number of businesses over the years. The property includes 10 acres of land with gardens, fountains and terraces.
Families are invited to take a tour of the rooms and amenities, enter drawings to win prizes and learn more about its personalized care and programming. A complimentary brunch will be served and former owners, Les and Sandy Clemens and Jim and Norma Jean Sharp, will be at the event.
The event is open to the public. People also can enter a coloring contest with materials available at Perkins Restaurant, Taco Johns and Hy-Vee Deli in Marshalltown and Subway and Tasty House restaurants in Grundy Center.
The mansion serves up to 16 residents in a two-story 16,000-square-foot space. It offers independent living and senior living as well as memory therapy programming and services for those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, including support in the early stages of memory loss. It features senior-friendly design elements and has a coffee shop, a full gymnasium, a beauty salon, guest quarters and more.
New owner Jeff Mossman has alliances with UnityPoint Health of Marshalltown, Waterloo, Conrad and Grundy Center as well as NuCara Pharmacy & Medical Equipment, Sports Plus, Greenbelt Home Care and Iowa River Hospice.
Originally known as the Clemens mansion, the first owners sold the house and property at auction in 1988, according to Courier archives. It stood empty until the Sharps purchased the mansion in the early 1990s. Norma Jean Sharp opened it for dining and retreats, but business never took off.
A bank took possession of the property in 1997. It was purchased three years later by Cedar Rapids hotel owners Vern Cooper and Tim Tyrrell, who initially opened it as a restaurant called Raphael’s and had plans to create a corporate retreat.