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Phil H. Marquard and Cleveland's "Homes Beautiful"

Hear the story behind this beautiful 52 room mansion that has stood at 3260 Warren Road in West Park dating back before the 1900s.

Hear the story behind this beautiful 52 room mansion that has stood at 3260 Warren Road in West Park dating back before the 1900s.

Held at the Rocky River Public Library, this event will be presented by Thomas Marquard.

For many years West Parkers have been fascinated by and wondered about the history of the big old mansion that stands at 3260 Warren Road. Finally, a comprehensive book detailing that history is available to answer all of those questions.

The Marquard family built thousands of homes throughout Greater Cleveland and were pioneer developers of the west side and suburbs. Dating back to 1869, they were known as builders of "Homes Beautiful" and as Cleveland's oldest home builder.

Phil H. Marquard was the entrepreneur behind this vast undertaking. Along with his family, he created a lasting business, architectural and philanthropic legacy. That legacy is embodied in his former West Park mansion, which he built for his large family. Known as "The Big House," or more recently as the Manor House Apartments, its roots go back to the Civil War era and was home to many hundreds of Clevelanders throughout its storied history. The author hopes to see this stately relic from Cleveland's Gilded Age preserved. 

The book is the story of the family, the business and that big old house against a historic backdrop of some of the best and worst times in Cleveland's history. This exciting program is one you don’t want to miss!