The Mansion

A Valuable Piece of Cleveland History

The historic Henn Mansion, the jewel of Euclid, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1923, the Mansion maintains its original charm and majestic character, making it a wonderfully unique setting for your special event.

Albert W. Henn

Albert W. Henn was born at New Britain, Connecticut, January 26, 1865. His parents were Francis A. and Barbara Wilhelmy Henn. His father was born at BadenBaden, Germany, April 1, 1825, came to America a political refugee in 1859. He was a gunsmith by trade and after coming to New Britain found employment in some of the big hardware manufacturing houses, notably the firm of Russell & Erwin and Landers, Frary & Clark.

Albert W. Henn went to school until he was thirteen years of age completing the eighth grade. The boy went into the factory of Landers, Frary & Clark, covering a period of four years.

At the age of nineteen he came to Cleveland and here secured a position as entry clerk with the wholesale dry goods house of Root & McBride, where he remained for thirteen years. During this period he had, apparently, little use for the mechanical knowledge he had secured in his boyhood, but when the opportunity came he found himself thoroughly interested and quite able to apply it.

Albert bought eighteen acres of farmland in Euclid, Ohio along Lake Shore Blvd. in 1910. The land was very fertile and was good for growing grapes. Ice was cut from the lake in winter, held over and used to ship the grapes on the railroad. Eventually he built four houses on the property; one being the Albert W. Henn mansion. The Mansion was designed and built in 1923 by Architect Earl Andrews at a cost of $120,000.00 Replacement costs are estimated at over $1,500,000. There are 23 rooms in the 9,200 square foot house.

Depression came to Euclid, Ohio and the market for all products was terribly small. Both the firms and City lacked funds. Taxes could not be paid. The municipality accrued a great deal of property (as it had before in the wake of the grape blight). The city found it necessary to issue its own money; a scrip paid to employees and welfare recipients under the authority of the County Auditor. New Deal, federally aided works were necessary in Euclid as everywhere.