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Hay-McKinney House, Bingham-Hanna House
1911 Hay-McKinney house, Abram Garfield; 1919 Bingham-Hanna house, Walker and Gillette; Olmsted Brothers, landscape; 1959 connection of houses; 1965 aviation wing, Rowley, Payer, Huffman and Leithold; 2014 carousel pavilion, Richard Fleischman and Partners Architects. 10825 East Blvd.
  • Hay-McKinney House (Photograph by Nyttend)

The Western Reserve Historical Society, founded in 1867, was one of the earliest institutions to move to the Wade Park area in 1898 under the leadership of art museum benefactor Henry C. Ranney. The Society relocated in 1938–1941 to its current location in the Hay-McKinney and Hanna houses on East Boulevard to the north of Wade Park Oval. The Italian Renaissance-style Hay-McKinney House by architect Abram Garfield was completed in 1911. The house was the home of Clara Stone Hay, daughter of Cleveland industrialist Amasa Stone, and later owned by Price McKinney of McKinney Steel Company who sold the house to the historical society in 1938. Completed in 1919, the Bingham-Hanna House was designed in the same style by architects Walker and Gillette with landscape by the Olmsted Brothers. Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. gave the house to the historical society in 1940, and the two houses were connected in 1959. The Frederick C. Crawford Auto Aviation Wing was completed in 1965 and the Euclid Beach Carousel glass pavilion addition in 2014.


Johannesen, Eric. Cleveland Architecture, 1876-1976. Cleveland, OH: Western Reserve Historical Society, 1979.

Writing Credits

Wendy Hoge Naylor
Barbara Powers



  • 1911

    Hay-McKinney House built
  • 1919

    Bingham-Hanna house built
  • 1965

    Auto Aviation Museum built
  • 2014

    Carousel Pavilion

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Wendy Hoge Naylor, "Western Reserve Historical Society", [Cleveland, Ohio], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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