The Cornerstone Mansion Restaurant in Lowell, Indiana

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NOTE: The Cornerstone Mansion is now a residence, they are no longer operating as a restaurant. They will be missed!

This weekend, we decided to go out for breakfast on Sunday.  It had been a long time since we’d done that and it sounded like a great idea.  We’ve lived in Lowell, IN for almost 4 years now and have never visited a local restaurant called The Cornerstone Mansion of Lowell, although we had mentioned it when we drove past it numerous times.

We called to check if they were open for breakfast and headed over.

The Cornerstone Mansion was originally built around 1870 by Dr. Eponetus Bacon and his wife Martha.  It is a historic landmark and listed on the National Historic Registry.  The current owners, Kay Bennett and Beth Mauk (mother and daughter) have restored the home as much as possible to not detract from its original Italianate style after a fire destroyed the roof.  90% of all the food served is prepared at the mansion using their own recipes, they brew their teas fresh and the mansion, and pride themselves on their fresh daily desserts.  They also have activities and special events at the mansion including an Autumn Fest with vintage boarding house style seating and entertainment, a mystery dinner and seasonal menu choices.

Front the front porch on in you are immediately met with vintage charm.  Period wallpaper, floor to ceiling windows, and decor right out of Gone with the Wind.  High ceilings, and bright and airy dining rooms add to the authentic feel.

We were there for breakfast, and they don’t have a huge menu like some restaurants, but they were very willing to make accommodations to customize such as adding ingredients to my husband’s omelet and adding cheese to my scrambled eggs.  Oh and they had cinnamon pecan pancakes that sounded DELISH.

The first thing we did was order coffee for us and milk for the kids, and I loved that they brought my husband a manly mug and me a dainty teacup and saucer.

I ordered their huge egg breakfast for $7.99 that came with 3 eggs, 2 sausage patties, 3 slices of bacon, a huge helping of hash browns and a side of pancakes.  Abby and I shared it and we still had food left over.  My husband ordered an omelet and they had his favorite sourdough toast and Jake ordered the cinnamon pecan pancakes.

While we sat waiting for our food, I took in the ambiance and I honestly could imagine myself right out of a movie set in the late 1800’s.  I pictured the street in front of the house being a dirt road with horse drawn carriages and thought about what it must have been like during that time when the house was built.  It was a very welcoming and comfortable feeling and I could have sat there for hours.

The food was fantastic.  I’ve never seen my kids eat that much, both of them!  The service was wonderful and friendly too!

Before we left, we perused the lunch and dinner menus and I plan on making The Cornerstone Mansion my new “go-to” place for dining out.

Make sure you visit and “like” their Facebook page for photos, menu and updates about their events!

The Cornerstone Mansion of Lowell
427 E. Commercial Avenue
Lowell, Indiana

Note: I forgot my camera so I snagged the photos off the Mansion’s Facebook page.  Also, this review was not sponsored or compensated in any way, shape or form.

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  1. Dorlita says

    That looks like a wonderful place. I am going to have to show this to my husband so that we can stop in one of these days. I like to find different places to eat outside of the normal restaurant chains here around us. We always end up in Merrillville at Ihop or something like that.I will definitely be visiting this place. Thanks for the review!

    • says


      Thanks for stopping by, it’s great to meet a local blogger!

      The restaurant and the ambiance were really great, worth the trip. If you have an entertainment book, you can get $10 off a $40 bill at Cornerstone too!

  2. Nicole Elliot says

    I took Kaylee there while Lee was working nights and we LOVED it. Kaylee thinks the castle in CP is a princess castle and she believed that princesses eat at the Cornerstone. The people there were very nice and lead her to believe that they (the princesses) did dine there. I can’t wait to go back!

    • says

      I want to go back for lunch one day for their sandwiches on pretzel bread. I actually have a coupon from my entertainment book (wanna buy one) for $10 off $40…

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