Our Hotel's History | Hotel in Cleveland Ohio
Our Cleveland Ohio hotel that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places was constructed in 1910 by Francis Kavanaugh and Mary Grasselli Glidden. Their home represents the French Gothic Eclectic style of architecture that was prevalent in this once-prestigious residential section of Cleveland. The design of the mansion was originally conceived by Edward Hughes Glidden and was designed to be the vernacular of the French chateau-style mansions designed during the late 19th century by an architect named Richard Morris Hunt. Once completed, old photographs of The Glidden House were featured in several publications popular at the time including Ohio Architect, Engineer and Builder, and Beautiful Homes ofCleveland.
Francis Kavanaugh Glidden, son of the founder of the Glidden Paint and Varnish Company, originally lived on East 55th Street inCleveland until the completion of the Glidden House. After a two-year construction period, Mr. and Mrs. Glidden, with their only daughter Ida Winifred moved to their new home at the corner of Ford and Magnolia Drives. Although the house facedFord Drive, a second door on the home’s front entry was created to allow for a more prestigiousMagnolia Drive address. This section ofMagnolia Drive has since become Juniper Drive and the address of the house has been changed to1901 Ford Drive.
In 1953,Western ReserveUniversity(now known asCaseWestern ReserveUniversity) purchased the house for theDepartment of Psychology and later it was used for the Law School Annex. In 1987, the University leased the Glidden House to a group of investors who have renovated the mansion to its original splendor. During the renovation, great care was taken to restore every detail of the ornate ceiling in the original dining room, library, and foyer. The beamed ceilings in the living room were also uncovered during the restoration process. When viewed closely, the letter “G” appears in the hand-painted filigree of every other beam. The hand carved woodwork was also repaired and restored at the time.
The Glidden House was re-opened in 1989, as a Bed and BreakfastInn, designed to cater to the unique lodging needs ofCleveland’s cultural University Circle Area. Today, the Glidden House has been transformed into Cleveland’s only Boutique Style hotel. Boasting fifty-two traditional guest rooms and eight suites, the hotel’s style and décor is a daring blend of comfortable furnishings, bold textures, and eclectic artwork. When coupled with our unbridled hospitality, the Glidden House delivers a most unforgettable experience.