Historic Chapin Mansion

Discover one of the nation's finest examples of the American Aesthetic style at the Historic Chapin Mansion.  

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Henry and Ruby Chapin constructed their magnificent home in 1882. Donated to the City of Niles in 1933 it served as City Hall and is now administered by the Niles History Center.  

Chapin Mansion Tour Schedule 
The Niles History Center Roof Rehabilitation Project has begun!

Mihm Enterprises is onsite working to repair the slate roof, gutters and upper fascia of both the Chapin Mansion and Fort St. Joseph Museum.
The Chapin Mansion is currently closed for tours. We expect to offer tours later this fall. Please check our website or Facebook page for updates on the project and on our hours.

Many thanks to the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office and National Park Service for their funding assistance through their Certified Local Government Program.

Virtual Tour

Check out the Niles History Center's new interactive digital tour of the Historic Chapin Mansion

Virtual visitors can “tour” the house at their own pace. The technology is user-friendly, accessible for anyone with a computer and internet access. The Niles History Center recommends using a computer rather than a smartphone for the best experience. **If using an Android phone, we recommend pasting the link in your internet browser.**

Chapin Mansion Virtual Tour 

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Colorful stained-glass windows, beveled mirrors, impressive brass chandeliers, beautiful hand-carved woodwork and nine fireplaces will transport you back to the ornate aesthetic period of the 1880s.  

Tours of the Chapin Mansion are led by trained docents and allow visitors an inside look into this beloved Niles landmark. 

You can help be a part of history! Contact Christina Arseneau, Niles History Center Director, to make your donation today.

For more information contact

Christina Arseneau, Director
Niles History Center
508 E. Main Street
Niles, MI 49120 
269-845-4054, x 4010

Mollie Kruck Watson, Assistant Director
Niles History Center
508 E. Main Street
Niles, MI 49120 
269-845-4054 ext. 4013