C. Litchfield, a prominent Waterloo manufacturer, as a surprise
for his wife, built the Mandalay in 1922. The mansion was
constructed and furnished at a cost of about $400,000. It
had 56 rooms, featured a shooting gallery, gymnasium, single-lane
bowling alley, marble and bronze fountain, billiards room
and pipe organ. Among the house's many innovations were
an automatic dishwasher, a clothes washer and dryer, a vacuum
cleaning system, concealed radiators and an intercommunication
lost their home during the Depression of the 1930s. It was
purchased in 1932 by Arthur Ferguson for $1,438.40 in back
taxes and $9,000 in payment to previous creditors. The Fergusons
converted the mansion into a restaurant and nightclub. It
was later made into an inn and, finally, an apartment house.
It is known today as Mandalay Apartments.
A 1977 fire severely
damaged the building, which is now undergoing repair. It
is a private residence.