History

DC Comics designated Metropolis as the official Home of Superman in the 1970's. Visit the  Superman Museum and take your picture with the15' tall (yes, fifteen feet!) Superman statue and attend the yearly Superman Festival each June.

The Mansion, two blocks from the Ohio River, was the showpiece of the Quante Brothers' business empire. Now known as the Riverview Mansion Bed & Breakfast, the home beckons guests to enjoy the tranquility of the Victorian Era. Like most homes of the 1800's, the Mansion features working fireplaces, etched glass transoms, a hand-turned staircase, pocket doors, tall ceilings and hardwood floors. A living museum, it is richly furnished with a variety of period antiques and art work.

mansion built in 1889

Riverview Mansion was crafted in the late 1880's and served as an estate celebre` when it was first built. It featured the first home elevator and a flush toilet septic system in southern Illinois. Electricity came from the steam engine that powered the saw mill a block away.  Later, the manse was used as a hospital and convalescent home during the Depression, it served many wounded warriors during WW2, and as Metropolis Doctors' Hospital in the 1950's. During the 1990's the Mansion was restored as a B and B called the Isle of View (I Love You). The Summers added the Chapel-Event center in 2010.

Modern conveniences have not been forgotten. All guest rooms have ceiling fans and private baths, most with claw-footed tubs and showers. Flat screen televisions, clock-radios, free Wi-Fi are in the rooms. Extra large Jacuzzi spas and canopy beds are the norm not the exception. Coffee and tea via Keurig, along with snacks, water and juice in the glass-front fridge are 24/7 amenities. Glassware is available for BYOB guests.

The owner-operators, William and Lori Nichols, welcome you to come and visit, stay a spell, drink some sweet tea on the porch, crank up the Victrola and just relax. Come and enjoy all that the area around Metropolis has to offer. Fort Massac State Park features living history weekends scheduled regularly with re-enactments of local battles. Hiking, biking, and wine trails abound as do other parks, forests and recreation venues including SCUBA diving. Southern Illinois is known for abundant bird watching (eagles and herons especially), game hunting and fishing locations. Artistic and cultural events occur year round. Stay with us and do as many as you want.

My, oh my! We haven't heard from you in ages! Call us. Write us. Take a train. Walk the dog. Grab a Trike. Float the river. Send up smoke. Key some Morse our way, dit-dah. Yodel even. Cool

Summers Riverview Mansion, 205 Metropolis St., Metropolis, IL, 62960

email: 4riverviewmansion@gmail.com        phone: 1-618-524-5328

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