About Hill-Stead’s Collection
In the late nineteenth century, the new wave of French Impressionist paintings was considered avant-garde. But Hill-Stead was envisioned to be a home as vibrant and interesting as the people who would come to visit. Cleveland iron industrialist Alfred Atmore Pope trusted his instincts, and began to collect these new works that would inspire friends, family, and visitors of future generations.
His enterprising vision extended to placing full trust (albeit with tempered and occasional fatherly advice) in his daughter Theodate as architect of choice for the 30,000 square foot homestead, years before she would be recognized as such professionally. Theodate was granted professional recognition by the American Institute of Architects when she became registered, the fifth such female in the country, in 1918.
Hill-Stead is one of the nation’s few remaining representations of early-20th-century Country Place Estates. The museum’s impressive collection includes original furnishings and decorative arts, paintings by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, James M. Whistler and Mary Cassatt, as well as numerous works on paper and Japanese woodblock prints, sculpture, and more.