Fairlawn: Restoring the Splendor
Fairlawn: Restoring the Splendor chronicles the sage -- rags-to-riches -- of what is now acknowledged as one of the finest historic museums in the Midwest. From its Gilded Age beginnings to its long period of service as a children's home, from its near-demolition in the early 1960s to the massive multiyear effort that culminated in its return to grandeur, the story of Fairlawn is a richly textured tapestry replete with drama, human interest, and countless fascinating details. It is a story of perseverance, too, of daunting challenges met and mastered, and of the hundreds of fiercely dedicated people who lent their time, talent, and energy to help realize a shared vision. The restoration of the Fairlawn mansion was a dream held in common -- but it was a decidedly uncommon dream.