Non-profit groups are invited to compete for a cash prize, while decorating the historic Barker Mansion this Christmas. The 35,000-square-foot home, located downtown Michigan City, was built in 1857 by freight car industrialist John H. Barker. Each year, the home opens its doors for holiday tours and events.
The extensive decorating would not be possible without the help of local non-profits and volunteers.
“Christmas at the mansion really highlights two of our founding goals: to be a social center of the City, and to channel the Barker family legacy of charity,” said Interim Director Jessica Rosier. “Involving non-profit groups really embodies those goals.”
As visitors tour throughout the month of December, they can vote for the most festive room and the winning non-profit receives a cash prize to further their group’s mission. Rooms still available for decorating include the Library which features velvet wallcovering and Russian Walnut woodwork, the Morning Room, with stained-glass windows reminiscent of the Prairie Style movement, the Brides’ Room which overlooks the Italian garden, and the Ballroom with its ornate lighting fixtures.