Wadsworth, Illinois: Golden Pyramid House

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37921 Dilleys Rd, Wadsworth, IL
Tri-State Tollway (I-94) exit onto Hwy 132/Grand Ave. Drive east and then immediately turn left onto Hwy 15/Dilleys Rd. Drive north about three miles. On the right. Still visible from the highway.
Tours canceled indefinitely after 2018 fire. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Pyramid House.

Golden Pyramid House

An ostentatious private home of the Onan family, dazzling in sunlight, fit for the old gods of Egypt. Includes a three-pyramid garage, King Tut's Tomb replica, and towering statue of Ramses. Seriously damaged in July 2018 fire; rebuilding in 2021.

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Golden Pyramid House

Looks like they might be rebuilding the Golden Pyramid House.

[Jean, 05/10/2021]

Fire damage.

Golden Pyramid House

Updated photo of the condition of the Golden Pyramid house after the fire.

[Ron Renken, 09/26/2018]

The Golden Pyramid, a private home that doubles as a tourist attraction, was gutted by fire in the middle of the night last month. Tours currently suspended; they may rebuild if it's feasible....

Gold Pyramid House

The Gold Pyramid House is open for weekend tours again. The tour includes a lecture on the history of the house by Rocko Onan, who grew up in it.

[marsupial, 05/30/2017]

Gold Pyramid.

Gold Pyramid House

The Gold Pyramid was built in 1980 by Jim and Linda Onan as a place to raise their four kids. In the 1970s scientists discovered that pyramids could generate natural energy (later debunked), so Linda Onan, a Waukegan real-estate agent, began designing a pyramid-shaped home that, in theory, could generate half of its own electricity.

The home has 5 floors, 7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 4 staircases, 4 garages and 3 fireplaces. The inside is an interesting layout, decorated like a normal Illinois elderly person's home. Crucifixes and family pictures line walls decorated with floral wallpaper. It's a little dated, but it's actually really cool to see how the pyramid functions as a home.

[Ben Perdue, 02/08/2017]

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Russell Military MuseumRussell Military Museum, Zion, IL - 6 mi.
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Leaning Tower of Niles, Niles, IL - 29 mi.

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