|Statement of Significance
The Mather Inn is a valuable cultural resource primarily because of its associations with nationally renowned landscape architect Warren H. Manning of Massachusetts and Boston architect James H. Ritchie. The varied, decorative fenestration and elegant landscaping make the Mather Inn an excellent example of the work of both men. Construction was initiated and financed mostly by William G. Mather, president of the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company, to replace the Nelson House (the town's finest hotel, destroyed by fire in 1928) and to house important guests of the company. The hotel currently serves its original purpose and has undergone few alterations.