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Woodland Palace

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Woodland Palace

29862 N 900th Ave

Kewanee, Illinois 61443

(309) 852-0511


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Type: Historic LocationsParks

Illinois Tourism District: Western

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Woodland Palace was the home of Fred Francis, inventor and innovator, artist and poet. Born near Kewanee in 1856, he graduated from the Illinois Industrial University, Urbana, in 1878. While there, he was one of the designers and builders of the 'Class of 78' clock, now in the north tower of the Illini Union. In this home, which he built, he incorporated many innovations, including a water purification system and air conditioning. Francis died in 1926 and bequeathed this estate to the City of Kewanee, to be maintained as a city park and museum.


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