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Glidden House Hotel

An impressive mansion built in 1910, Glidden House is a 60-room full service AAA-rated boutique hotel conveniently located within walking distance to all University Circle attractions. Guests enjoy a European-style breakfast, business center, free WiFi, and beautiful grounds. The hotel is host to many events, including weddings and receptions, and utilizes the services of Marigold Catering. The Juniper Room was added in Spring 2016 and offers a hard wood floor and seven sets of French doors that open to a manicured lawn embellished with flowers and the mansion's original gazebo. The room can hold up to 150 guests for weddings and other special events.

The Glidden House was commissioned by Francis Kavanaugh Glidden (Frank to those who knew him) and his wife Mary in 1910. Frank was the eldest son of Francis Harrington Glidden, the famous Clevelander and founder of The Glidden Paint Company. This historical home was Frank and Mary’s private family residence. During the time the home was built, Cleveland was bustling with the activity of the families of American Industry such as John D. Rockefeller who had a residence on Euclid Avenue (also known as Millionaires’ Row.) Frank and Mary preferred a more residential feel and built in a newly developing neighborhood. While the property was technically situated on Ford Drive, Mrs. Glidden insisted on having the more prestigious Magnolia Lane address and added a second door to the front of the home making the address 1733 Magnolia Lane.

The home’s corner plot was in the Wade Allotment, and provided front-row seats to the growth of the University Circle neighborhood. World-class cultural institutions like the Cleveland Museum of Art and Severance Hall opened around them. Beacons of education such as Western Reserve University and the Case Institute of Technology evolved to become Case Western Reserve University. Frank and Mary supported many of these places as members, donors, and patrons. Frank and Mary lived in their home with their daughter Ida and it remained in her care until she passed away. For a time it became the home of the psychology department for CWRU before becoming a hotel. The Glidden House is on the National Register of Historic places, and the original mansion home maintains most of its historic features including the library, parlor, and loggia to be exact. We serve breakfast in these spaces now, but they have the same meaningful symbols and historic charm as they once did. Frank was an avid reader and the custom bookcases in the library symbolizes the mantra “Knowledge over time.” In the parlor, look up and notice the Glidden “G” emblazoned on the beams. The loggia was an open air space until glass panes were added in the 1930’s. These details and symbols don’t just appear inside the home You can find fire resisting salamanders,family crests, green men, and grotesques outside which have survived for over 100 years. Attention to detail, isn’t simply part of our past, we bring it to life every day.

Every memory made here builds upon our history, and it is all inspired by the Glidden family. The Glidden House served as the private family residence of Frank and Mary Glidden from 1910 until they passed it onto their daughter Ida who lived in the home until her death.

Our eight signature suites are in the original sleeping spaces of the home. Each is named for a member of the Glidden family and has decor inspired by their interests.


Music, Performance & Film

1. Cleveland Institute of Music Kulas Hall

6 minute walk
Located at the world-renowned Cleveland Institute of Music, the 535-seat...

2. Cleveland Institute of Music Mixon Hall

6 minute walk
Located at the world-renowned Cleveland Institute of Music, the 235-seat...

Universities & Libraries

1. Cleveland Institute of Music

6 minute walk
Since its founding in 1920, CIM has offered a world-class education to s...

2. Eleanor Squire Library at Cleveland Botanical Garden

6 minute walk
The Eleanor Squire Library is now open with limited hours. Our collectio...

Hotels & Lodging


1. The Coffee House at University Circle

3 minute walk
International coffees & teas, soups, sandwiches, pasta & homemad...

2. L'Albatros Brasserie + Bar

2 minute walk
Owned by chef Zack Bruell, whose other restaurants include Parallax and ...

3. THE DEN by Denny's

2 minute walk
The menu has been created to focus on the hearty entrees and cravable fa...

4. Cosmic Daves Rock Club

3 minute walk
Offbeat counter-serve chain offering creative sandwiches & a classic...

5. Palette Lounge at Glidden House Hotel

< 1 minute walk
Whether it’s been a long day of meetings and business transactions...

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