Beautiful Rugs Gifted to Glencoe Mansion
Christmas has come early this year for Radford City’s Glencoe Mansion, Museum & Gallery. “For some time now our wish list has included area rugs for the Mansion’s rooms on the main level,” says Scott Gardner, the facility’s director.
The special gift of three rugs came to the museum through the family of William and Giuliana Taylor. Gardner says the rugs are a perfect complement to the mansion’s elegant setting, and the Taylors’ son agrees. “It’s a great way to remember my parents,” says Frank Taylor, who recently saw the rugs in their new home.
According to Gardner, the Taylors were truly an international couple with William hailing from New Zealand and Giuliana, from Italy. They eventually called Radford home where they filled their residence with a collection of antiques and art objects from around the world. “Now through the generosity of their family, part of their rug collection can be enjoyed at Glencoe Mansion,” Gardner said.
Two of the rugs are handwoven Orientals with geometric designs and medallions. “They are an incredible donation,” says Gardner. “It’s hard to believe that they haven’t always been here.”
Glencoe Mansion has been open as a museum since 1998 and has only been able to grow through support from the community, notes Gardner. “This is Radford’s museum, and I feel pride when I tell visitors that everything they see here is through the kindness of residents from throughout the region.” The house itself was donated by Kollmorgen, one of the city’s leading manufacturers.
Built in 1875 by Gabriel and Nannie Radford Wharton, Glencoe has evolved into a three-in-one museum experience featuring the Historic Residence, Exhibits and an Art Gallery. The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 10 am to 4 pm and Sundays, from 1 pm to 4 pm. Admission is free.