Mickey Wolfson, founder of the The Wolfsonian museum in Miami Beach and collector extraordinaire, visited Cleveland and returned home an enthusiastic admirer of all the city has to offer, calling it an “imperial” city. Mickey is a world traveler and acquired and donated over 80,000 objects to his namesake museum The Wolfsonian — FIU. With more than 200,000 objects and counting, The Wolfsonian is among the largest university decorative art collections in the country.
He visited so many of our favorite sites and enjoyed it so much that we want to share them with you too!
Mickey’s visit included a stay at the Glidden House, an historic boutique hotel that is the former French Gothic-style home of the founders of the Glidden Paint Company. Built in 1910, the home is on the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel is in an area called University Circle, a short walk to numerous Cleveland attractions including The Cleveland Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, Cleveland Carousel, The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland Botanical Garden and Case Western Reserve University.
During his five-day stay, Mickey marveled at the quality of the food and thoroughly enjoyed the authentic home-cooked Hungarian food at Balaton. (It’s one of Terry’s favorite places too!) He was also impressed by the hopefulness and friendliness of everyone he encountered. And he found many treasures in local antique shops and bookstores to add to the collection at The Wolfsonian-FIU.
Here are some of the highlights of his trip that left Mickey with the impression that Cleveland is indeed an “imperial” city.
COLLECTOR’S TIP: If you are visiting Cleveland, try to time your trip for the Burton Flea Market, in Burton, Ohio, held every year in June and September.
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