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Friends of the Castle

Friends of the Castle, Inc. was established in 1978 as a not-for-profit organization with the specific mission of saving the Villa Kathrine from demolition; restoring it to its original beauty; and preserving, maintaining and operating it as a community asset.

Built in 1900 on the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, for Quincy native W. George Metz, the Mediterranean-style Villa Kathrine, 532 Gardner Expressway, Quincy, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Illinois Register of Historic Places, and Quincy Local Landmarks. George Behrensmeyer was the architect.

Since 1987 Friends of the Castle have been providing service in the Parlor of the Villa Kathrine as Quincy's Official Tourist Information Center and Great River Road Interpretive Center. It is open Monday-Saturday from 9 am-5 pm and Sunday from 1-5 pm.

Individual and group educational tours are always available, and the building and grounds are available to rent for weddings, parties, meetings, receptions and other special events.

Friends of the Castle
Villa Kathrine,
532 Gardner Expressway
P.O. Box 732
Quincy, IL 62306

(217) 224-3688 or (217) 617-5460

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