Quincy’s Tourist Information Center

Great River Road Interpretive Center 

- Welcoming the World to Quincy, Illinois -

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The Tourist Information Center for Quincy, Illinois is located in the beautiful Villa Kathrine, which is a unique example of Mediterranean-style architecture.  Built as a home in 1900 on the bluff overlooking the famous Mississippi River, it is on the National Register of Historic Places, Illinois Register of Historic Places, and Quincy Local Landmarks.

Built for Quincy native & world traveler W. George Metz, and based on his sketches of villas in various parts of the Islamic world, the Villa was built and trimmed with local materials.  George Behrensmeyer was the architect. 

The exterior is modeled after the Villa ben Ahben in Morocco, and the interior has a number of interesting features, including a courtyard with an overlooking balcony surrounding a marble mosaic reflecting pool.  A replica of the Mosque of Thais in Tunisia surmounts the main tower with waving stripes as decoration covered by a dome. 

It is open for Individual and Group Educational Tours, and the building and grounds are available to rent (click on events tab). 

Restored and maintained by Friends of the Castle, they operate it year round with Volunteer Hosts, and cordially invite you to stop in and visit. 


Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm  &  Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm.



The Villa Kathrine will observe its regular schedule during the Memorial Day Weekend.

We will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 28; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 29; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday May 30, Memorial Day

The Tourist Information Center and Gift Area are always open at no charge, and tours of the remainder of the Villa are available at the regular fee, to over costs.

The building is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays before and after the holiday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.



Thanks to everyone who attended the Friends of the Castle 38th Annual Meeting in the Villa Kathrine on Tuesday, May 10, 2016.


Special thanks to speakers from partner organizations: Alta King, Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce; Joi Cuartero Austin, Great River Economic Development Foundation; Burgundy Ramsey, Arts Quincy; Barbara Casady, RSVP of Adams, Brown & Pike Counties; Juliann Orr, Mississippi Valley Garden Club.


Membership investments by individuals, families, businesses and other organizations each year enable us to maintain the beauty of the Villa Kathrine, and make essential improvements to this historic and unique gem.  We also welcome contributions to our endowment fund in the Community Foundation.


Membership support helps our Volunteer Hosts offer the Villa to visitors from throughout the world, seven days a week as the Tourist Information Center for the Quincy area.  The Villa and its lawn also benefit thousands of individuals attending many activities including parties, weddings, receptions, meetings, tours or just enjoying the rose garden, watching eagles fly or river barges go by.

Membership benefits include a free tour and 10% discount on gift items. Memberships start at $20.

Friends of the Castle is the not-for-profit organization that restored, maintains and operates the Villa Kathrine, 532 Gardner Expressway, Quincy. It is a 501(c)3 organization, and member of Arts Quincy, Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce, The District, Quincy Preserves and Illinois Association of Museums.

For more information, or to get a membership form, please call 217-617-5460 or email us at villakathrine@hotmail.com.  Membership contributions can be mailed to:

Friends of the Castle  P.O. Box 732, Quincy, IL 62301


- Check out these Links -

Check out the aerial view video of Villa Kathrinehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsimS_cb1yU&feature=player_detailpage 

Check out the Quincy Convention & Visitors Bureau Websitehttp://www.seequincy.com/ 

Check out the Great River Road Website:  http://mrpcmembers.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=37f54c0a06a0088727a994452&id=f16a3a8772&e=fab69f83cf,


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