Quincy’s Tourist Information Center

Great River Road Interpretive Center 

- Welcoming the World to Quincy, Illinois -


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.  


Current Hours are: Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 1- 5 p.m. March through October.

The Villa Kathrine does not accept debt or credit cards at this time. 

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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 all year round, 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.

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 217-224-3688 or email us at  Membership contributions can be mailed to:

Friends of the Castle  P.O. Box 732, Quincy, IL 62306


- Check out these Links - 

See the Villa Kathrine facebook page: 

See the aerial view video of Villa Kathrine  

See the Quincy Convention & Visitors Bureau Website 

See the Great River Road Website:,


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