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One of the Oldest Homes in Black Hawk County
The Rensselaer Russell House Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is often cited as Iowa's finest example of Italianate architecture. This lovely brick structure, lived in by three generations of the Russell family, is one of the oldest homes in Black Hawk County. Guided tours bring it to life with original furnishings and stories of the Russell family and their experiences in Victorian Waterloo.
This piano was one of the first grand pianos in the area. Lillian Russell loved music. As an adult, she studied piano in Chicago and later gave piano lessons to others. In 1993, the piano was sent to Steinway and Company in New York City for restoration.