MHS is located in the heart of Cleveland’s University Circle. The Circle is home to a diverse group of cultural institutions, including the world-renowned Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Institute of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Botanical Garden, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Case Western Reserve University is also located in the Circle, as are campuses for University Hospital and the Louis Stokes Veteran Affairs Medical Center.
Our campus is composed of four historic homes on Magnolia Drive, including our residential boarding house. Students have direct access to many of the University Circle institutions, which provide experiential educational opportunities that enhance and further what we offer in the classroom.
The Academic Buildings and the Quad
Throughout the day, students move between our academic buildings for classes and work time. A large grassy area known as “the Quad” is the heart of our campus, and you can find students meeting for work time in the afternoon at the Quad’s picnic tables or catching up after school. Pick-up Frisbee and soccer games happen frequently on the Quad in the autumn and spring.
Lillard Hall was originally the private residence of Dr. Gordon Morrill, and was designed in 1910 by renowned architect Charles F. Schweinfurth, who designed homes on Cleveland’s “Millionaire’s Row,” as well as Trinity Cathedral and the Union Club.
The building was converted to house classrooms, offices, music rooms, and libraries shortly after it was acquired by MHS in 2007. The two-car garage that sits behind Lillard Hall was also converted to house the school’s science laboratory and greenhouse.
Ferris House was originally built in 1937. It was acquired by MHS in 2009, and renovations were completed the following winter. The building houses classrooms, a commercial kitchen, a multi-media art studio, and offices. The house’s original garage was converted into a theatre classroom, known as the Annex. The Ferris House backyard is also home to a hoop-style Greenhouse and picnic area.
The most recent addition to our campus is expanded classroom space in the Friends’ House. Renovations began in 2015 as a result of an expanding partnership with the Cleveland Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. The space will provide additional work space for MHS students as well as local Montessori middle school students.
The Boarding House
Built originally in 1918, the Otis House was a single-family residence, and remained so until the 1980s when it was converted into condominiums. The Otis House now serves as the MHS residential house for boarding students from across the United States and internationally. The house includes separate boys’ and girls’ quarters, each with its own entrance, kitchen, and living room.
Two full-time residential guides live in the house and a full-time residential guide lives in Otis’s original Carriage House, which sits behind the main house. Together, the residential guides work with the boarding students as house parents to support these students in their “home away from home.”
University Circle and Uptown
University Circle is an urban district located four miles east of downtown Cleveland. Known most commonly for Case Western Reserve University and University Hospital, the neighborhood is also home to world-renowned cultural institutions. The Circle was chosen intentionally for MHS so that our students could have access to these educational, medical, and cultural institutions, and we have worked to build collaborative partnerships with these institutions to provide opportunities for deeper engagement and hands-on experience through both their day-to-day work and our programming.
At the heart of University Circle is Uptown. Both the Circle and Uptown have seen growth in recent years as Cleveland’s neighborhoods have been revitalized, and the resources and institutions concentrated in this area have attracted a diverse population. This growth has renewed interest in the area, and increased the number of local businesses, restaurants, and entertainment. Uptown has been called one of Cleveland’s most exciting urban experiences. This atmosphere offers our students real-world experiences through exposure to a global cultural center and a growing cosmopolitan city.