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Hay-McKinney Mansion a perfect spot to tour history: Full House

Posted September 01, 2011 in Articles

Author: Julie Washington, Plain Dealer Reporter

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A grand old lady from Cleveland's past has had a little nip and tuck. The Hay-McKinney Mansion was closed for two years for restoration projects, but the Western Reserve Historical Society recently reopened the 1911 Italian Renaissance-style building. I couldn't resist an opportunity to wander through a grand old house, and I knew the experience would be a like a graduate-school lesson on antiques and the craftsmanship of the past. My guide to the elegant past was Dean M. Zimmerman, chief curator at the society. The Hay-McKinney Mansion is one of the connected buildings that make up the society's University Circle location. During our afternoon together, I took note of the themes that echoed through the decades, such as reclaiming old materials, the importance of room flow, caring for antiques and how older homes need constant attention. It was great fun touring the mansion with Zimmerman, not only because he is so knowledgeable and passionate, but mostly because he's allowed to step beyond the velvet ropes.

Original Article: http://www.cleveland.com/insideout/index.ssf/2011/09/full_house_hay-mckinney_mansio.html

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