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CSUís Mather Mansion was completed in 1910. The mansion was built for Matherand his wife, Flora. Unfor tunately she died before the place was completed.
Mather Mansion historical background arouses historical interest

Samuel Mather Jr.

Mather Mansion, located at 2605 Euclid Ave., has been a part of CS U since 1967. Mather Mansion now houses alumni affairs and university relations and development, among other offices. It has been well preserved over the years and is also an example of Tudor Gothic Revival architecture.

Mather Mansion was originally built for Samuel Mather and his wife, Flora. Mather earned millions in the 1880s and 1890s as one of the owners of Pick-ands Mather & Co.

This company specialized in mining iron ore, building ships, mining coal, and making furnaces.

The house was completed in 1910.

Unfortunately, Flora Mather had died a year earlier after a long battle with cancer. Samuel Mather lived in the house, which cost more than $1 million and was said to be one of the grandest homes on Millionaires Row, the nickname for Euclid Avenue, until his death in 1931.

After Matherís death, the Institute of Music leased the home until 1940, when the home was purchased by the Cleveland Automobile Club. They used the home until CSU bought it in 1967.

Charles Frederick Schweinfurth, born in New York and later moved to Cleveland, was the architect who designed Mather Mansion. Schweinfurth was said to be uncompromising when it came to his work and took painstaking effort to build the 45-room mansion.

The houseís first floor was designed for entertaining small groups. It included the dining room, drawing room, library, and billiard room, along with a den for each Mr. and Mrs. Mather. The second floor consisted of five bedrooms and a suite of rooms for Mrs. Mather.

The third floor was a ballroom which holds more than 300 people. At the time the home was built, the elite of Cleveland threw large parties at their homes, not at country clubs. This made a large ballroom practical for that time period.

Schweinfurth designed the exterior of the building in red brick with an Indiana limestone trim

Red brick was highly regarded by architects of that time, yet was considered very unusual material to use.

Schweinfurth also designed Trinity Cathedral at East 22nd Street and Euclid Avenue and Shoreby in Bratenahl.

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