Arts & Culture

Cultural Infusion with Art, History & Performance

Mansion On Walnut is located at 420 Walnut and was built by Gideon Rupert in 1862, who was one of the original settlers of Pekin.  The block this beautiful home is situated on was formerly known as Rupert Park.  The Rupert family sold the property to the former Corn Products Company and it was provided to the manager of the plant as his residence in the early 1900's.  Later the residence was repurchased again by descendants of Mr. Rupert.

The house has been maintained very well and is in pristine condition.  Much of the woodwork and crown moldings are original to the house.  The house is decorated with beautiful art exhibits from some of the best Central Illinois Artists and has several inviting rooms with comfortable furniture so you feel right at home when you are here.  Our dining room table will seat 24 and there is room for more seating in the attached parlor.

Pekin Academy of Fine Arts mission is to embrace the public by enriching the culture of our community through the arts; to encourage artists by providing an opportunity to create and exhibit; and to nurture the artistic bent of youths and adults alike through mentorship, instruction and workshops. Pekin Academy of Fine Arts is located in Grace United Methodist Church at 601 N. 4th St., Pekin.

Visit the History Room at the Pekin Public Library to learn about all things Pekin!

Places of Interest

  • Local Murals 
    Gro Up Mural - 229 Court St. - Visit this original piece by our local artist Luke Kinzler.
    Muse Salon - 429 Court St. - Local Artist Luke Kinzler adorned this building with his one of a kind pieces.
    Mural Park - 523 Court St. - Stroll through this downtown walk way and enjoy art from various local artists.
    Kountry Nook - 212 N. Capitol St. - You will find a mural on each side of this downtown building. Both were painted by Pekin Native Luke Kinzler.
    United Way of Pekin - 206 N. 4th St. - Visit the United Way to enjoy the work of Creations by Cooley in this "Live United" painting.
  • Dirksen Statue  - Mineral Springs Park hosts this standing figure of Illinois US Senator Dirksen. At his feet, a seated elephant, the bust of a donkey, an oil can and a bouquet of marigolds. The elephant represents the Republicans; and the Donkey, dressed in a suit and tie, the Democrats.
  • Sunken Gardens - Located at the corner of 14th and Court Streets in Mineral Springs Park. Enjoy the World's Greatest Sundial and serene lighted fountain.
  • Tazewell County War Memorial  - Located on the Tazewell County Courthouse lawn at 342 Court St.

Tazewell County Historical & Genealogical Society -Located at 719 N. Eleventh Street. The Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, educational research institution whose mission is to stimulate interest, to collect, preserve, and safeguard records, and to provide related educational services for the purpose of increasing and enriching public knowledge of our heritage.

Tazewell County Museum - Located at #15 S. Capital St. The Tazewell County Museum is dedicated to the preservation and protection of historic sites, buildings and artifacts important in the development of Tazewell County and to the education of the public about the early history of Tazewell County and its importance in the development of the State of Illinois and the United States as a whole.


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