Built by Davis and Hazle Buck Ewing, the manor stands on the estate once known as Sunset Hill. A Channel-Norman style house completed in 1929.The revival design style centered on the theory that the charm of a country property could be attributed to the presence of animals as well as human occupants. The style of architecture was very much in keeping with Hazle's lifelong concern for nurturing the environment and maintaining all that was natural.
The main level consist of an expansive living room, richly paneled library, loggia, formal dining room, butlers pantry and kitchen. The second floor consist of the homeowners suite with four additional bedrooms. Over the garage is an apartment for a married couple that worked in the manor. Walking up to the third floor you enter Davis's Studio with a children's playroom off to the side along with attic space for storage.
The lower level housed the family game room, a chemistry lab and dark room for developing photos. The laundry, mechanical and work rooms are also located on the lower level.
Situated just north of Ewing Manor, the theatre was dedicated in the summer of 2000. An open-air structure that seats 430, including persons with disabilities, the theatre reflects the architectural detailing of Ewing Manor.
The Theatre at Ewing is owned and operated by the Illinois State University Foundation and is the summer home of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. It is also available for rental to organizations for educational and cultural presentations and performances.
The Genevieve Green Gardens at Ewing Cultural Center are a place of serenity and retreat amidst the hustle of a thriving and robust Illinois community. They celebrate the seasons of Central Illinois and exhibit species native to the area. The gardens' walkways, plantings, lighting, and other amenities offer a relaxing setting for contemplation and the appreciation of nature's beauty.
There are many flowering crabs, redbuds, hawthorne, viburnum, violets, phlox, day lillies, and a middle story of flowering shrubs. The Ewing property is known for its collection of bulbs, which herald the coming of spring: snow drops, scilia, bluebells, and daffodils.