A couple of years ago, I was giving a Cleveland Storyteller presentation at the Drury Mansion on Euclid Avenue, one of the four Millionaire’s Row mansions that is still standing. With 52 rooms and walls of remarkable wood detail, the mansion’s sheer size and splendor took us all back into time. I was speaking with my back to the grand fireplace, entertaining a crowd that had gathered to hear about Francis Drury and his wife, Julia.
The Gilded Age is known for the rich lifestyles, pomp and circumstance for the booming economy, innovation and a time between the Civil War and World War I when business and industry was filling the purses of leaders like Rockefeller and Ford, who in turn used their wealth to build renowned mansions.
The parties were packed with elite businessmen and socialite spouses, dressed in the latest fashions and prepared for evenings that included eight-course meals, live bands in a ballroom, and décor you’d find at weddings. The residents of Cleveland’s Millionaire’s Row spared no expense when entertaining.
One of the Row’s last standing mansions is the 45-room Mather Mansion completed in 1910. At the time, it was the largest home on the street and the most expensive mansion in Cleveland. From its third-floor ballroom with 16-foot ceilings to the handcrafted woodwork, the mansion’s exquisite details tell the story of a lavish lifestyle during a time when Cleveland was one of the country’s top industrial cities.
Today, the Mather Mansion at 2605 Euclid Ave. is one of the last Millionaire’s Row mansions standing. Join Cleveland Storyteller Dan Ruminski at the Mather Mansion on Saturday, March 25, 3 to 6 p.m., for a tour, talk, open beer and wine bar, and hors d’oeuvres.
Climb the grand, spiral staircase leading to the vast ballroom. Imagine living in Cleveland’s past, dancing at a Mather Mansion party and listening to the Cleveland Orchestra there-or any number of national musical acts that would visit specifically for these parties. Step into the vestibule. Most of us would love to live in a home the size of this single space. The sheer enormity and grandeur of the Mather Mansion is only experienced when standing inside it, and listening to stories that illuminate Cleveland history.
Join us for this animated tour and social gathering by emailing Dan at
, or calling 216.326.7700. Tickets for the event are $20. We hope to see you there!
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Uncovering the decadent past of Euclid Avenue
Euclid Avenue was Millionaire’s Row, with some 250 mansions extending a 4-mile stretch. Some of the homes were as large as 50,000 square feet with lots consuming 6 acres of land in Cleveland. One of the grandest estates owned by Samuel Andrews employed 100 servants to keep the mansion running on a daily basis.
Today, there are just four original mansions left.