USF welcoming visitors to Christmas in the Castle

Nov. 5, 2013 FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The University of Saint Francis will once more open wide the doors of historic Brookside, the former Bass family mansion, for Christmas in the Castle. Tours can be taken from noon-5 p.m. on Dec. 7, 8, 14 and 15. Senior Day in the Castle is Wednesday, Dec. 11 from noon-4 p.m., and provides a discount for senior citizens.

Brookside, built as a summer home by Fort Wayne industrialist John Bass, lies at the center of the USF campus at 2701 Spring St., Fort Wayne. Every year, local florists and decorators decorate the mansion for Christmas, bringing splendid decorations to enhance the beauty of the authentically restored and award-winning 1902 mansion. This year, a number of new decorators will be featured along with the many favorites.

Visitors can tour every room on all three floors of the limestone home that features a winding staircase made by the Packard Piano Company, and more than a dozen marble fireplaces from all corners of the world. Free parking is available, and the building is fully accessible for people with disabilities.

Tickets can be purchased in the North Campus lobby, 2702 Spring St., on the day of the tours. Admission is $5 per person, with a family charge of $20 for up to six family members. The senior citizen rate is $3, and is in effect only on Dec. 11. For more information, call (260) 399-8140 or visit

The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. The university’s College of Adult Learning designs focused curriculum for working adults by offering online and accelerated programs, through its Virtual, Fort Wayne and Crown Point campuses. More than 2,400 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence.

Media Contacts

For all University-related matters, please contact:

Trois Hart
Associate Vice President of Marketing
T: 260.399.8050
C: 260.415.2401

Yvonne Schroeder
Director of Communication
T: 260.399.7700 ext. 6413

Sandie Phalen
Director of Marketing and Development
Crown Point
T: 219.488.8888 ext. 5421


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