Annual Report, 2013
The year 2013 was one of continued improvement, but with a long way to go. The combined operating and capital budget was actually slightly less than 2012. ($1,011,096 - 2012, $1,002,354 - 2013) due in large part to flat returns on the endowment. We received $705,000 from the endowment in 2013 as we did in 2012. The bright spot for 2013 was a dramatic increase in earned income from $202,744 in 2012 to $238,139 in 2013. Kingwood staff, who had not had a general raise for several years received year-end bonuses for the outstanding growth in earned income. Expenses were carefully controlled and were well below budgetary projections. Combined capital and operating expenses for 2013 were $983,264 contributing to a year-end increase in net operating assets compared to a budgeted decrease. The stage is set for more substantial improvements in 2014 in both earned income and return from endowment.
We would like to offer a special thank you to all the donors who gave us $1,000 or more in 2013.
Therm-o-Disc/Emerson: $1,000, Ohio Daylily Society: $1,000, Karen Culler: $1,000, Tim and Ellen Culler: $1,250, Mike and Norma McKinley: $7,000.
Grants from funds at the Richland County Foundation:
Rex E. & Marjorie Sue Collins Fund: $2,068, William & Katherine Jane McCarrick Fund: $2,929, Rowland & Delight Patricia Poth Fund: $8,018, Kingwood Center Fund: $15,000
Memberships at the $1,000 level:
Ephraim Bacquet, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Baxter, Carl & Annamarie Fernyak, John & Mimi Fernyak, Dan & Sue Phallen, Nancy Porter, Helen & Richard Taylor.
Built in 1926 for Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kelley King, the 47-acre estate opened as a public garden in 1953, one year after Mr. King's death. Mr. King, who was married and divorced twice, never had children. He left most of his estate to the private foundation that continues to operate Kingwood Center today. Mr. King made his fortune in Mansfield, Ohio working with the Ohio Brass Company. Hired as the company's first electrical engineer in 1893, he led Ohio Brass into new ventures, particularly the manufacture of electrical fittings for railroads and trolleys. Mr. King eventually became President and Chairman of the Board of Ohio Brass.
Founded in 1952, Kingwood Center in Mansfield Ohio, is a cultural and educational center with special emphasis on ornamental horticulture and gardening.
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The King home was designed by prominent Cleveland architect Clarence Mack, who made a career of building fashionable homes in Lakewood and Shaker Heights, Ohio and in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Displaced by the Great Depression, Mack began a second successful career in 1935 designing residences in and around Palm Beach, Florida. Today the King home is used, as Mr. King directed, to house a horticultural library and the administrative offices of Kingwood Center. Much of the main floor, however, is on display in a manner similar to its original arrangement with many of Mr. King's furnishings.
900 Park Ave. West
Mansfield, OH 44906
Business Hours are Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Or for specific information, please email one of the following departments:
General Visitor Services information or call Bonnie Gross @ (419) 522-0211 ext.108
Group Tour information or call Lisa Duckworth @ (419) 522-0211 ext.106
Weddings & Rentals information or call Lisa Duckworth @ (419) 522-0211 ext.106
General Greenhouse information or call Doug Schuster @ (419) 522-0211 ext.111
Horticultural information or call Bill Collins @ (419) 522-0211 ext.103, or Chuck Gleaves @ ext. 104
Administrative Information or call Chuck Gleaves @ ext. 104